Kansas License plates 2007

The "Ad Astra" seal
In June of 2007, the Kansas Department of Revenue introuduced a new Plate design

123 SAM (07	)
(From the Kansas Department of Revenue Press Release)
The Sample Plate for the new design.

061 DGT
A 2007 truck plate with the new 2013 renewal decal.

215LSG (temporary tag)
This is an example of a "interim" tag that is now received when a vehicle's tile is first registered. It is valid for 30 days, though the permanent plate can arrive much sooner than that.

215 LSG
The 2018 "Flat" version of the standard license plate. The flat plates use a similar, but not quite identical, typeface as the embossed plates. Note the differences in the "1," "S," and "G" between the flat plate and the embossed plates. The expiration sticker is issued with the interim tag and is to be affixed to the permanent tag before the permanent tag is officially valid (I applied the expiration sticker after taking the photo of this plate)


The "Ad Astra" series starts with 000 AAA and proceeds numberically, with the next plate in sequence beginning 001 AAA, etc. 999 AAA, 000 AAB...

Starting around 2013/2014, letter combinations containing the letter "I" were being avoided.

The plate combination "JAP" was initially issued; however, because the combination also spelled out a racial slur, the state recalled the remaining vehicles with that combination in 2018.

Renewal Decals

Unlike previous new plate issues, the "ad astra" plate was phased in. Each county used its remaining inventory of 2002 plates until their inventory is depleted, after which, the 2007 plates were issued for new registrations. It was originally intended to take the 2002 plates out of circulation in 2010. At some point, this decision was reversed 2002 plates remain valid for registration renewals and transfers.

In May of 2012, the DMV upgraded their computer system. As part of the upgrade, the design of the renewal decals changed. The decal is attached to the registration receipt, and the expiration month and assigned license plate number are printed on the decal. New plates no longer had a embossed area for the annual renewal sticker.

In August of 2018, the DMV system made a second upgrade. Instead of creating embossed plates that are sent to the county treasurers in batches, screen-printed "flat" plates are being printed at a central location and mailed to the owner. An "interim" tag with the assigned tag number is issued at the county treasurer when the vehicle is registered. It appears that the original embossed plates end around "LHZ." As the new "flat" plates continue to use the 2007 base, as well as the sequence, they are considered a new plate design.

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