License plate designs unveiled Thursday

Public may vote on three options

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Gov. Kim Reynolds will unveil three possible designs for Iowa’s new license plate Thursday morning at the Iowa State Fair.

The new design, to replace the city/farm mashup on standard county plates since 1997, will be up for public vote at the fair, online and on social media, officials said.

Reynolds and Lt. Gov. Adam Gregg will make the announcement at 9:30 a.m. at the Iowa Department of Transportation booth of the Varied Industries Building.

After considering feedback from the public and law enforcement, the Iowa DOT will choose one design later this year and start rolling it out on plates in 2018. Drivers would get new plates in phases over 10 years, but people particularly eager to get the new design could pay $5 extra when they renew their vehicle registration and get new plates at that time.

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