AUSTIN — Texans soon will have a new way to identify their vehicles, with the first digitally produced license plates they chose themselves.
The Texas Department of Transportation began shipping the new, general-issue plates to all 254 county tax offices this week. They should be in stock no later than June 12.
Texans chose the Lone Star Texas plate last year from among five designs. The plate design received 455,878 of the more than 1.1 million votes cast, according to TxDOT.
I’m not much of a fan of the new plate, I prefer the older one that had more white in it; mainly because it avoids any weird color clash depending on the color of your vehicle. But at least they are more environmentally friendly:
The digital process creates a more environmentally friendly plate, eliminating the use of 484 gallons of paint thinners and 396 gallons of ink annually, and the energy to power huge ovens that dried the plate ink.
Notice there’s an extra digit.