New Texas License Plates

Texas motorists will get new license plates next year, and the Texas Department of Transportation is letting the public decide what those new plates will look like. Houston Public Radio's Jim Bell reports.

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It had to happen sooner or later. The TXDOT computer is finally running out of possible combinations of three letters and three numerals for license plates.ξ Starting next year, Texas tags will have seven digits, with three letters and four numerals. TXDOT spokesman Mark Cross says the Transportation Commission is also letting the public vote on changing the design, and that voting began today on the TEXDOT website.

"What we're doing is opening it up for people to make a potential change, if they so desire. And if we get enough input that people say 'yes' we'd like to see a change, and we pick this design, or 'no' we don't want to see a change you will not see a change."ξ

There are five choices on the ballot. The same plate we have now, with room for seven digits, and four new designs featuring city skylines and other Texas scenes in the background. Cross says the voting will close out next Monday.

"After that we will go and tally the responses that we've gotten, and see if there is a clear cut winner, or if there is no necessary desire for a change, publicly, then our staff will make the recommendation to the Commission who will make the final decision."ξ

That decision will be made fairly soon, because the state prison workshops will need time to retool for making seven digit plates so a good supply of the new plates can be ready for issue in all 254 counties starting in January. There's a link to the TXDOT license plate voting page on our website KUHF dot org. Jim Bell, Houston Public Radio News.

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