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Old 07-21-2012, 07:47 AM   #1
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This time we don't get to vote for the new Texas license plate. Simple and to the point. What do you think? My current plates are good till 2015, and I wasn't looking forward to replacing them with the ugly general issue license plates now being issued. I'll look forward to these plates. The new plate is already available in some counties. I saw a couple cars with them on while driving in Fort Bend County.

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Current Issue plate
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P.S. No more license plates that say "truck" on them either.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:48 AM   #2
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those are much better than the current plates.
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:57 AM   #3
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Here is a FAQ as to why we're getting the new plate:

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July 16, 2012
The Texas Classic FAQs

Why are we getting a new general-issue license plate?
To give you a clean, simple and easy-to-read design that meets the highest public safety standards. The new general-issue plate, The Texas Classic, is white with black lettering, and features the Lone Star, state silhouette, and the “The Lone Star State” slogan.
The Texas Classic offers several benefits:
• Enhanced security features.
• Optimum readability for law enforcement.
• Increased size of the plate number.
• Black and white plates look good on any color vehicle.
This new design also changes the passenger vehicle number pattern – three letters followed by four numbers – that will make it easier to remember your license plate number.
The plate number is also increased with the letters and numbers now a full inch wide and just over 2 ½ -inches tall.

Why did you change from the current multi-color, general-issue plate to black and white?
There are almost 22 million registered vehicles in Texas and the majority of them have general-issue plates. The primary purpose of any license plate is to enhance public safety. We believe the general-issue plate should meet the highest standards for public safety, and The Texas Classic does that.
We introduced the colorful Lone Star Texas plate in 2009, which was chosen in an online vote. Since then, we have heard from Texans and law enforcement that the plate number is not always easy to read.
Some citizen witnesses who observed a crime called us to say they just couldn’t catch the seven-character plate number because of the busy design, and we heard the same thing from law enforcement officers, who are professionally trained to read plate numbers. Other Texans complained the current plate colors clashed with their vehicle color. The Texas Classic is the solution to these concerns.

So are the current general-issue plates unsafe?
No. They just aren’t as easy to read.

What are the security features?
The Texas Classic is being manufactured with the security features we always had in place plus two security threads embedded in the license plate sheeting. Texas is the first state in the country to use dual security threads.
The threads, which run vertically through the plate, allow law enforcement to determine it’s an official state plate from a greater distance. This added feature makes it virtually impossible to counterfeit our plates.
The plate number is also increased with the letters and numbers now a full inch wide and just over 2 ½ -inches tall.

Is there a truck version of this plate?
No, and that’s actually good news for light truck owners. Their plates will now show “TEXAS” as big as passenger vehicles. Adding “Truck” on a plate forced a reduction in the size of the state name, limiting whether truck owners could place a license plate frame around the plates. State law does not allow “Texas” to be completely covered by a plate frame.

I want these plates. Can I trade my current plates for these?
Please don’t. To save taxpayer money and avoid waste, counties must exhaust their existing stock of plates before issuing The Texas Classic. General-issue plates are part of your registration fee, but there is an additional charge for replacement plates.Even if you purchase a new car tomorrow chances are you will receive the current red, white and blue Lone Star Texas plates. It may take a full year before all of the state’s 254 counties begin issuing The Texas Classic.

But I don’t like this design. Can I keep the one I have now?
Yes, if your license plates are less than seven years old. You are required to replace your general-issue plates every seven years due to loss in reflectivity. In fact, if your general-issue plates are less than seven years old you should keep them until it is time for a replacement.
We know there is no such thing as one perfect plate that will make every vehicle owner happy. With almost 22 million registered vehicles in Texas, it is unlikely that we can please everyone’s taste with the general-issue plate.
However, Texans have a variety of plate design choices. You can order specialty plates from the TxDMV that benefit non-profit causes or My Plates, the specialty plate marketing vendor. The most popular design sold by My Plates is a black and white plate while the top-selling plate ordered from the TxDMV is the State of the Arts design, which resembles the Texas flag.

What about multi-colored specialty plates? Are they safe?
Yes. As part of the rollout of the new general-issue plate, the TxDMV has issued new license plate specs for multi-colored plates that prohibit the design from encroaching into the area reserved for the plate number. New specialty plates also will feature the advanced security threads.

Who designed The Texas Classic plate?
The TxDMV designed the plate to make sure it meets the legibility and reflectivity needed by Texas law enforcement.

What does “law enforcement legibility” and “safety reflectivity” mean?
One of TxDMV’s main goals is to enhance public safety and license plate legibility and reflectivity helps us meet that goal.
Legibility is the ability to clearly read a plate’s letters and numbers.
Reflectivity allows the plate to be seen from a long distance at night, and is helpful in locating cars on dark roads or that may have driven off the road into vegetation.
Motor vehicles are used in 70 percent of all serious crimes in the United States, according to the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The primary method of finding these vehicles – and the people who are driving them - is the license plate number.

Who makes our license plates?
The plates are made by offenders at the Wynne Correctional Unit in Huntsville. TxDMV contracts with the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to manufacture license plates.

How many license plates does the TxDMV manufacture?
The Huntsville prison facility manufactures more than 40,000 Texas license plates each week day, using more than 2 million pounds of aluminum every year.
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Old 07-21-2012, 09:11 AM   #4
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Thank God!!! I loath those ugly plates we all have now. They will lose custom plate revenue because of this though... I was about to order the "Come and take it" plates, but I'll wait for these now. They say to please not order these for replacement of the colorful ones. Well too f'n bad!
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Old 07-21-2012, 10:43 AM   #5
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Thank God!!! I loath those ugly plates we all have now. They will lose custom plate revenue because of this though... I was about to order the "Come and take it" plates, but I'll wait for these now. They say to please not order these for replacement of the colorful ones. Well too f'n bad!
So far, only 6 counties are issuing the plate.
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Old 07-21-2012, 11:05 AM   #6
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When we voted for plates back in 2008 or 2009 (can't remember), I liked this design:


I'll bet it wouldn't be discontinued if it were selected. The people who voted for the current plate have no taste.
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Old 07-21-2012, 12:25 PM   #7
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Sweet my plates are due and I live in fort bend country was going to get a custom. But I really like the general issue.
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Old 07-21-2012, 01:45 PM   #8
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I went to Afghanistan in order to qualify for these plates just so I wouldn't have to put those awful current plates on my car, haha.

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Old 07-21-2012, 03:32 PM   #9
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how do you know when you are due for new plates?
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Old 07-21-2012, 03:35 PM   #10
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how do you know when you are due for new plates?
I think it's around every 7 years.
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Old 07-21-2012, 06:34 PM   #11
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still waiting on 7 letter custom plates. confuses me by having generic 7 characters and not 7 custom characters. thats what really grinds my gears
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Old 07-21-2012, 07:35 PM   #12
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Those look pretty good. I have been thinking about getting custom plates just because the current ones are so ugly.
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Old 07-23-2012, 03:24 AM   #13
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I liked the old ones with the shuttle on them. Very simple, easy to read, and noticeable. I wish we could get one similar back.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:38 AM   #14
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The current colorful general issue plate is very difficult to read in low light situations. Even when it's daytime out I often can't make out the plate number at any sort of extended distance. And yes it's ugly as sin. I for one will be having an accident with my current plates and getting the new ones as soon as they are available in Dallas county.
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Old 07-23-2012, 11:13 PM   #15
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I'm fixin to shell out the extra coin for the "Come and Take It" plates
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Old 07-24-2012, 12:31 AM   #16
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I'm fixin to shell out the extra coin for the "Come and Take It" plates
I'd rather not give the state and it's monopoly (myplates.com) any extra cash if I can help it.
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:22 AM   #17
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Custom 7 character plates have been out for a year. I believe the next order is Aug 7th. Check myplates.com for more info.
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Old 07-24-2012, 09:29 AM   #18
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I'd rather not give the state and it's monopoly (myplates.com) any extra cash if I can help it.
The state has a monopoly on state issued plates.


No ****? Of all the things to get rustled over.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:48 AM   #19
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damn. just got my plates in (ugly red/white/blue ones) Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr. those would look soooooo much better on my scoobie
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Old 07-24-2012, 03:29 PM   #20
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The state has a monopoly on state issued plates.


No ****? Of all the things to get rustled over.
I had no idea that the state has a monopoly on state issued plates! So, why the hell do we need a private company to offer more plates than the state? Why can't more than one company do the job? Want a personalized plate in other states? The state will take care of it for a lot less. When I last lived in Florida (2003), a personalized plate went for an additional $15 per year over the normal cost (just checked, and they are still $15/year).

I didn't get them when I lived in Pennsylvania, but they were only a $20 one time fee to obtain personalized plates, then pay normal registration fees after that.

Why can't Texas do the same? Because a greedy politician or two who granted myplates.com the permission to become a monopoly has probably profited greatly from that deal. I bet the state would make a boatload more ca$h had they kept plates from being outsourced, and making personalized plates a lot more reasonably priced. Prisoner labor in Huntsville is pretty cheap.

That said... I am happy that this will be the new general issue plate. It compares nicely with some of the expensive offerings by myplates.com.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:54 PM   #21
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Damn, everything on the exterior of my car is black or white except for my lights and plates. I need these asap
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:20 PM   #22
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Damn, everything on the exterior of my car is black or white except for my lights and plates. I need these asap

wait a few months for them to be available and they will get "stolen" or at least the front plate was "stolen" - they will have to issue new plates because you need two in Texas (front and rear)
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Haha i was just thinking about that. Probably will, they'll just charge me like 20 or something for replacements
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Old 07-30-2012, 11:42 PM   #24
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22 counties out of 254 now have the new plate.
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Old 08-01-2012, 01:22 AM   #25
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Hhmmm...wondering if adding a decal to the new black and white would land me a hefty fine.
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