Tennessee Governor Bill Lee (R-TN) invited Tennesseans on Monday to “Rate the Plates” and help choose the state’s next standard license plate by selecting their favorite design at tn.gov/ratetheplates.
Per Tennessee statute, the license plate is redesigned every eight years if funds are approved in the General Assembly’s annual budget.
The four new contenders offer different combinations of white or navy blue plates. Included on each plate are the three stars from the Tennessee state flag, which represent east, middle and west Tennessee.
Governor Lee said in a news release, “As Tennessee celebrates 225 years of statehood, it’s a perfect time to redesign our license plate and feature the tri-star that represents each of our state’s unique grand divisions. We welcome all Tennesseans to cast their vote and play a role in choosing this piece of our state’s history.”
Governor Lee also posted a video on Twitter regarding the new plate designs, along with the caption, “As we continue to celebrate @tennessee225, we need your help choosing TN’s new license plate. Tennesseans can cast a vote for their favorite Tri-Star license plate design by visiting https://tn.gov/ratetheplates through September 27.”
Voting began on September 20th and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, September 27. The winning design will be announced later this fall and available to the public in January 2022.
According to the office of the Tennessee governor, the Tennessee statute requires the display of “Tennessee,” “Volunteer State” and “TNvacation.com” on the license plate, as well as county name and expiration year decal locations. Statute provides that Tennesseans may select an “In God We Trust” plate option.
The newly-selected license plate design will replace the current one launched in 2006 with modifications made in 2011, 2016, and 2017.
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Kaitlin Housler is a reporter at The Tennessee Star and The Star News Network. Email tips to [email protected]
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