Kansas changes how state license plates are made


For the first time in more than a century the Sunflower State is changing how license plates are made.

Starting tomorrow, Kansas license plates will be digitally printed. That’s going to impact how they look and how you get them. Your plates will also now be mailed to you, making Ed Roark one of the last people in the state to go to the county courthouse for plates.

“I got it over with. It’s a new thing, I don’t know how it’s going to work out, so we’ll see, and hopefully there’s no problems with it,” says Ed Roark.

Cherokee County Treasurer Raven Elmore says one of the biggest changes you’ll notice is in look of the plates.

“They are flat plates, they are  no longer embossed. So it the plate looks the same except, I mean, it’s not embossed. There’s no new design behind it,” says Raven Elmore.

The plates are flat for a couple of reasons, like reducing production costs. And officials with the Kansas Department of Revenue say they’ll be digitally printed on demand, which will help cut down on the amount of inventory they have on hand at any given time. Along with that, you won’t be able to pick them up at the county courthouse.

“As of tomorrow you’ll get like a temporary tag, like you would get a 60 day tag, but it would actually have your tag number on it, and you would use that until your tag came in the mail from Topeka,” says Elmore.

Roark says his advice to fellow drivers would be to get your tags taken care of sooner rather than later, and be patient.

“It’s been in the past, it’s been up to 30 days sometimes to get new tags, but with the computer system it’s working out a lot better, and hopefully this will make it easier, too,” says Ed Roark.

According to the Kansas Department of Revenue, it should take ten to fourteen days for tags to arrive to you by mail.

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