So why even bother issuing a new license plate? There is no significance to the official state plate when the vast majority of automobiles are tagged with a plate other than the official state plate. It is also unlikely people will give up a special plate to choose one of the four finalists the BMV has announced. As Kim described those plate choices:
Two designs include close-ups of the blue-and-yellow flag fluttering in the background. A third features the state flag set in white against a simple blue backdrop. The fourth includes both the flag and the state seal.
It appears the BMV chose unappealing designs on purpose so people will continue to choose a specialty plate over the official state license plate. Here's a reason not to switch plates. "Switching to the new plates will cost the state between $12 million and $17 million, according to estimates," Kim wrote. What do you think?