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Governor approves new ‘blackout’ design for Iowa license plates

The Iowa DOT plans to start taking orders in July

Des Moines, Iowa – Governor Kim Reynolds has given the green light to a new “blackout” license plate design.


The “blackout” design has been on the road for a few years. More than 800 Iowans have purchased the specialty license plate for the Dordt College Defenders.

It has a black background. The letters and numbers are white.

Legislators tucked language creating a new “blackout” license plate — without the reference to Dordt College — in a “multi-subject” bill the governor approved this week.

You may recall that in August of 2017, Reynolds spearheaded a public vote on three designs for NEW “standard-issue” state license plates. The chosen design and color scheme have sparked complaints.


Iowans who don’t want the standard-issue license plate can pay extra for specialty plates for their vehicles. ┬áRadio Iowa reported last week, the DOT plans to start taking orders for the new “blackout” plates on July 1st.


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