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Gov. Ricketts Unveils New Standard License Plate

Media Contacts:

Taylor Gage, Governor Ricketts, 402-471-1970

Rhonda Lahm, Motor Vehicles, 402-471-3900


New design launches January 2017. Design attached.


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Director (DMV) Rhonda Lahm unveiled the new standard license plate, which will be issued beginning in January 2017.


“Our standard license plate is one important way we brand our state,” said Governor Ricketts.  “This new plate features a simple, classic design, using the blue and gold of our state flag.  One of our state’s most recognizable images, The Sower,  is displayed in the background above the recognition of our state’s 150th year of statehood.”


“As the department developed the plate, our team focused on creating a simple, streamlined design,” said DMV Director Rhonda Lahm.  “Nebraskans will begin to see this plate on vehicles starting next January.  I encourage all Nebraskans to visit to see the new plate and all available specialty plates.”


The top of the plate prominently features “Nebraska” in gold lettering on a blue field.  Centered in the background is the watermarked image of The Sower, the sculpture which sits atop the Nebraska State Capitol.  The bottom of the plate highlights the year of Nebraska’s statehood as well as the year of Nebraska’s 150th birthday.


The new design was developed by the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles.  A digital copy of the design is attached for use by news media covering this announcement.


In addition to the standard issue plate, several specialty plates are available for purchase through the DMV.  Interested Nebraskans can visit for more information on how to purchase specialty plates.