Politics & Government

New Kansas license plates will look a little different

The new, flat Kansas license plate.
The new, flat Kansas license plate. Kansas Department of Revenue

Kansas license plates will soon look different.

Plates for newly registered vehicles will have the same design as before, but will be flat instead of embossed, the Kansas Department of Revenue said Friday.

The state will print plates on demand and then send them to vehicle owners, rather than preprinting plates and keeping them in stock.

“This project completely modernizes the way the State of Kansas produces and delivers license plates,” Gov. Jeff Colyer said in a statement. “The old process has been in place since the first license plate was created by the state in 1913, so it is long overdue for streamlining. My administration is prioritizing providing more effective service for Kansans at the best price.”

KDOR will stop accepting new orders for personalized license plates on April 27 ahead of the transition. The ability to order personalized license plates will begin again on Aug. 1.

Once the transition is complete, any customer wanting to purchase a new plate will place an order at their county motor vehicle office. The customer will take a 30-day temporary license tag, KDOR said, while the permanent plate is produced.

The permanent plate will then arrive at the customer’s home within 10-14 business days.

KDOR says the new process will eliminate millions of dollars of license plate inventory.

The agency emphasized that there is no need for current plate holders to order replacements.

Oklahoma, Nebraska and Texas also have flat plates.