New license plate process in Kansas will start in August

The process for getting a new license plate in the State of Kansas will change on August 1.

Riley County Treasurer Shilo Heger explained the new process to the county commissioners during their meeting on Monday.  Heger said when a customer comes to register for a new plate, instead of getting the plate right then and there, they will receive a 30 day tag and their plate will be mailed out to them.  She said the plates will arrive 8-10 days later.

Heger said the process is part of Kansas’ Digital License Plate Project.  The project is in place to save money for the state,  She said there is currently over one million dollars in excess plate inventory throughout the state.  This new process will not have an excess of inventory produced, instead the plates will be made on demand.

“Anytime a new license plate comes out, they have to print so many of that plate so that each county has enough to hand out,” Heger said, “There are a lot of those plates that they have produced a lot of inventory for, but they don’t sell as many.”

Heger said the state has halted sending out new license plates in the hope that the excess tags are used up.

New license plate design.(Picture provided by Riley County Commission)

As for the new look, Heger said they will be flat and the alphanumeric characters will be black instead of blue.  She said law enforcement agencies say these new plates are easier to spot, even at night.

According to the State of Kansas, the design of the plate will remain the same, just the characters and the plate itself will change.

Heger also added that personal plate production will halt on April 27 and resume on August 1.


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