Governor Ernie Fletcher's Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher unveils new Unbridled Spirit license plate
Sun Sets on "Smiley Face" Plate
FRANKFORT, Ky. – As the sun sets on the "smiley face" license plate, Kentucky's unbridled spirit is racing to the forefront. Governor Ernie Fletcher, joined by officials from the Transportation Cabinet and Department of Tourism, unveiled Kentucky's new license plate today at Kentucky Speedway. The announcement officially marks the sunset of the "smiley face" plate.
"This is a phenomenal opportunity to showcase our new state brand," stated Governor Ernie Fletcher. "We wanted a plate that is clean, striking and promotes Kentucky's Unbridled Spirit. We are very excited about the new license plate and hope this captures the approval of every citizen throughout the commonwealth."
Beginning August 1, 2005, residents who acquire a vehicle or who transfer a vehicle title to Kentucky will receive the new license plate. Effective January 1, 2006, a resident renewing registration will receive the new plate. By the end of 2006, all regular passenger vehicle plates will be the new "Unbridled Spirit" plate.
"By next December there will be more than two million plates visible throughout the commonwealth," said Acting Transportation Cabinet Secretary Bill Nighbert. "The cabinet is putting to rest the "smiley face" license plate after many requests from constituents. We feel the new plate clearly represents the brand that the citizens of the commonwealth endorse."
There is no additional cost to taxpayers to produce the new license plates. The cost is covered from a replating fund. The plates are for passenger vehicles only. The brand may also be incorporated on the specialty plates in the coming months.