The state of Iowa and the 99 county treasurers in the state are preparing to issue new license plates throughout the state. When the first plate will go into circulation Monday, it will begin a 10-year license plate replacement cycle. The plates will look just like the old ones.
The Iowa DOT says it first issued the standard blue and white plates with the town and country landscape in 1997. In 1999, the embossed version of the plate was replaced by a flat plate. The design did not change.
The new plate will look just like the 1999 design. The state reports that it remains within recommended standards for license plates. The Iowa DOT intends to retain and use the design well into the future.
The state has discovered that some of the oldest plates have become worn, damaged, or difficult to read.
Under the new replacement cycle, all currently issued license plates will be replaced over the next ten years. The oldest plates will be replaces first.
This year, plates that were originally issued in 1996 and 1997 will be replaced.
In 2013, plates that were originally issued from 1998 until 2003 will be replaced.
In 2014, plates that were originally issued in 2004 will be replaced.
After 2014, plate replacement will be on a rolling 10-year cycle.
Specialty plates will be replaced with the current version of the same specialty plate. Personalized plates, whether standard or specialty, will be replaced with the same personalized alpha-numeric sequence. Specialty and standard plates that are not personalized will be replaced with a plate that has a new alpha-numeric sequence.