By ROBERT PIERCE • Daily Leader
Travelers will be seeing something new on the backs of Kansas vehicles in the near future.
Started in July, motorists are now able to order plates with the words “In God We Trust” printed on them. These plates are authorized, according to the state’s Department of Revenue, for any Kansas resident who owns or leases one or more passenger vehicle, motorcycle, travel trailer or truck with a gross weight of 20,000 pounds or less.
Residents are authorized to purchase a plate for each such vehicle they own. The distinctive plate fee is $45.50 for each one ordered and will not require any certification paperwork. The general public may now come into the Seward County Treasurer’s office and pre-order the “In God We Trust” plates.
“You can pre-order it here at the office, and if they get enough people pre-ordering it, they will start the production on it,” said Tawanda Lewis, vehicle supervisor for the treasurer’s office. “It is now available for pre-order.”
Lewis said the state has to meet a quota on orders which she estimated at about 200 to 500 before these plates will be issued.
“With the information we got, you can now allow the people to come in and pre-order these plates,” she said.
For more information about these plates, contact the Kansas Division of Vehicles at (785) 296-3601.
There will also be a new look to personalized license plates in Kansas starting in 2010.
According to the Department of Revenue, Kansas statute authorizes the re-issuance of personalized license plates each five years. New plates will be issued during calendar years 2010-2015.
The new plate will feature a picture of a wheat field with a wind mill on the left side of the plate and a wind turbine on the right side with the state seal in the middle – all with the background of a sunrise. This replaces the buffalo plates the state had previously used.
To purchase a personalized license plate for an auto, truck or motorcycle, visit any local county treasurer’s office for details.
Lewis said those plates will be available for ordering starting this month.
Personalized plates are $46, payable one time only, for the period of the five-year plate cycle. This fee is in addition to any vehicle registration fees, personal property taxes, reflectorized plate fees and county service fees that are due during annual vehicle registrations.
Kansas statute allows for a total of seven letters, numbers and/or spaces to be displayed on personalized automobile license plates, and five letters, numbers and/or spaces may be displayed on a motorcycle personalized license plate or disabled personalized plate.
The statute also disallows combinations deemed by the director of vehicles to have a profane, vulgar, lewd or indecent meaning or combination.
For more information regarding personalized plates, e-mail