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State officials unveil Oklahoma’s new license plate

OKLAHOMA CITY - State officials unveiled Oklahoma's new license plate design Monday.

At 1 p.m., Governor Mary Fallin held a press conference with other state leaders to reveal Oklahoma's new license plate design.

The new plate depicts Oklahoma’s state bird, a scissor-tailed flycatcher, soaring over lakes, mountains and mesas, highlighting Oklahoma’s diverse ecology and natural beauty.

The new plates will prominently display the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation’s website, TravelOK.com.

“The new design will act as a travelling billboard for those looking to experience and explore our beautiful state,” Fallin said. “Just as important, the new plates are more clearly visible at night and will aid our law enforcement officers as they work to keep us safe.”

State officials said Oklahoma’s previous plates – which were more than seven years old – were past warranty and beginning to deteriorate, dulling the reflective sheeting on them and making them more difficult to see at night.

The new license plate comes after law makers passed a bill that requires Oklahomans to pay $5 for the new plates.

New plates will start being issued January 1.