Iowans can cast a vote for their favorite new license plate design online at iowadot.gov/StateFair/PickAPlate.aspx. Voting will be open August 10-20, 2017
The new plate will replace the county standard issue plate which currently carries a blue and white city and country design. Right now, there will be no change to collegiate plates or other specialty plates that do not include this design. The city and country plate design has been in place since 1998 and accounts for about 4.2 million of the 4.4 million plates in circulation.
Once a design is chosen, the new plate will be available sometime in 2018. Plates with the new design will be issued to vehicle owners whenever they add or change vehicles and obtain new county standard plates and whenever they replace lost or stolen county standard plates. In addition, Iowans that currently have county standard plates will receive replacement plates with the new design when their current plate reaches the end of its 10-year replacement cycle. Vehicle owners who want a new plate sooner may purchase a set from their local county treasurer’s office for $5.