February 04, 2008
TXDoT gives Texans a say in new license plate design

If you're dying to vote for something and just can't wait till March, take a look at four new (and one old) potential license plate designs and pick your favorite. For the next week, Texans can vote on which design they'd like to grace their vehicles when the new plates (with a new 7th digit) roll out.

Here's a description of the plates, from the Chron:

• New Texas: This red, white and blue plate features a composite of skylines from several Texas cities at the bottom and the word "Texas" in black script. • Traditional Texas: This plate features blue highlights and a stark, white background with a gold Texas star at the bottom and a bold, red "Texas" in capital letters. • Lone Star Texas: A white star stands out in the top left-hand corner of the plate along with wide brushes of red and blue against a Texas sky. Along the bottom of the plate is a low-lying mountain range. • Natural Texas: The entire plate is covered with a picture of wildflowers. For the purposes of the vote, TxDOT named the current plate "My Texas."

Personally, I'm not a fan of Natural Texas or Lone Star Texas, which has already taken a commanding lead. I could go either way on the other three, but right now I'm leaning towards sticking with the old cowboy/space shuttle design. I like the concept of "New Texas" a lot, but the execution is so-so. The Chron says TXDoT is changing the plates to accommodate the new 7th digit because they're running out of unique patterns with only 6 digits.

Posted by Alexandria Ragsdale on February 04, 2008 to Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

With GPS and transmitter chips, I'm wondering if the license plate will soon be obselete.

Posted by: Charles Hixon on February 4, 2008 5:27 PM