The plate uses illustrations of the Capitol floor in the background
Wednesday, June 1, 2022, 6:34 a.m. CDT
Press conference to unveil the design of the license plates
BEATRICE — Nebraska residents will have a new license plate, for 2023. Gov. Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore revealed the new plate, at a press conference Tuesday in Lincoln.
The First Lady said the plaque was designed by Drew Davies and was one of a dozen designs submitted. The plaque, white with blue letters, has a design based on part of the floor of the Capitol building, in its background.
“Drew chose one of the beautiful mosaics in the Capitol as his inspiration. And that is the genius of creative energy. And if you want to, you can walk down the hall, and just like you walk towards the rotunda, you can find on the floor.”
Capitol Administrator Bob Ripley said Nebraska just observed the 100th anniversary of the state capitol building design process.
“The building is like a history book. The rooms inside the building are like chapters in the book. I commend the vision of the First Lady and team for placing this particular work of art. Because, if there’s a frontispiece to this giant three-dimensional history book, it’s this mosaic. It’s the first image you see when you enter the Capitol…it’s the picture on the floor.”
Motor Vehicle Department Director Rhonda Lamm said planning, design and logistics for the new plate began about 18 months ago.
“Plate production began earlier this month and will continue through the end of the year to provide adequate inventory in counties, to begin issuing the plates in January 2023. In addition to the production of the new passenger plates, we will also be producing new commercial trusses and one, nearly a hundred different plate types…resulting in the printing of over three million plates by the end of the year. ‘year.”
Lamm expects the state to produce nearly eight million new plates over its six-year life cycle.
Gov. Pete Ricketts says the new plaque deviates from the past practice of using a typical Nebraska scene…but he says that’s not a bad thing.
“What a beautiful building we have here. We have this type of art that the public can see pretty much any day of the year. I think it’s a good thing to be able to let people know that we We have things here in Nebraska that maybe you didn’t expect.”
Acknowledging the inevitable, Shore says there’s no doubt the plate will have its critics.
“It’s inevitable that there will be criticism. It’s kind of a state sport in every state to criticize the license plate. It’s not unique to Nebraska, but I think time will show that it will become a very popular license plate… I hope so.”
Vehicle owners will receive their new plate from their county treasurer’s office within one month of their vehicle registration expiration.