OKLAHOMA – You will start seeing Oklahoma’s new license plates on the road soon.
The new license plate features the outline of the state bird – a scissor-tailed flycatcher – on a blue background.
The new plates prominently display the Oklahoma Department of Tourism and Recreation’s website, TravelOK.com.
This year, every motorist will pay $5 for the newly designed plate when they go to register their vehicle or renew their tag.
The new plates cost the state about $2.05 to produce, the Associated Press reports.
Most of the additional revenue will go into a newly created State Public Safety Fund that will be available for the Legislature to spend to “support public safety” in the state.
In addition to the $18.5 million generated by issuing the new tags, tax officials predict an additional $4 million from an increase in compliance.
The new design was selected by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.
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.