Last Ark. license plate of current configuration to be handed out this year

Updated: Jan. 6, 2021 at 3:46 PM CST
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JONESBORO, Ark. (KAIT) - Something people only think about once a year will soon have a new design on their license plate.

For decades, the standard Arkansas license plate had a combination of three numbers followed by three letters.

The state is running out of that combination on license plates, and soon, someone will receive a plate that says 999 ZZZ.

Scott Hardin, a spokesperson for the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration, said the state will utilize a three-letter, two number, and then one more letter combination, bringing an end to the current plate configuration.

“With that, that provides again so many different combinations that will hopefully allow us to get through several decades in the new format,” Hardin said.

Hardin said that people will notice it, even if they do not typically pay attention to license plates.

One thing Hardin emphasized is that your license plate will still be valid when they start issuing the new plates.

One thing that use to be required for drivers was that every eight years, you would have to turn in your license plate for a replacement. Hardin said license plates made nowadays are durable and do not need replacing as often.

That is saving the state around $300,000 a year.

Hardin does not know when they will hand out the last plate of the current configuration, nor do they know what county the license plate will go.

It’s expected that the last plate will go out in early 2021.

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