Transportation Cabinet
New license plate offered for 2011

Press Release Date:  Friday, December 17, 2010  
Contact Information:  Chuck Wolfe
Office of Public Affairs

Kentucky motorists given choice of standard-issue plates for first time

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Dec. 17, 2010) – For the first time, Kentucky motorists registering passenger vehicles will be able to choose between two standard-issue license plates in 2011, Transportation Secretary Mike Hancock announced today.

The two designs are otherwise identical, but one will include the national motto, “In God We Trust.”

“The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is pleased to offer this choice to Kentucky motorists,” Secretary Hancock said.  “As a standard-issue plate, there is no extra fee.”

New plates will be available in county clerk offices in early 2011. Vehicle owners purchasing a standard-issue plate at registration renewal time will be able to choose between the two designs. The fee for a standard-issue plate is $21.

The Legislature, through KRS Chapter 186, has given the Transportation Cabinet responsibility for registration and regulation of motor vehicles.

The statute sets minimum requirements for a standard-issue plate – the Kentucky name, county name, three letters and three digits – but does not dictate design. It has been five years since Kentucky’s last license plate design change.