Friday, August 14, 2009

New License Plate for New Mexico

New Mexico Centennial License PlateTo celebrate the upcoming statehood centennial in 2012, New Mexico is introducing a new license plate design in January. According to the state's website, the Centennial plate features "a 'retro' design--a classic look, using red and yellow colors from the state flag and the Zia; and a bold turquoise background, reflecting the state gem."

The plate replaces the so-called "balloon plate", which has been around for the past 10 years.

New Mexico yellow license plateThe question the Governor has for you is the following. Should this be the only standard (i.e. no extra charge) plate available to New Mexicans, or should they continue to be able to choose the other current standard plate, cleverly known as "the yellow plate"?

If you'd like to vote, click here to go the state's license plate survey website.

New Mexico License Plate, Santa Fe 400th AnniversaryThose who are willing to spend an extra $25 can forego the above choice(s) and instead acquire the new Santa Fe 400th anniversary license plate, which will be available after Labor Day. The extra $25 will go to offset the costs of the 400th anniversary celebration.

9 comments:

Randy said...

Hi Kate, I love the Turqouise plate. In answer to your question on my blog, I just asked permission and explained that their work will be seen by people all over the world. There were alot of people though who were just shooting away without asking.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

I saw a yellow one at the Scarborough. Maine library a few days ago. They are both pretty. Lots design talent there, I guess.

SantaFeKate said...

Randy--thanks for the explanation and that seems fair and friendly! Four Winds--that's a long way to travel for a New Mexico car!

Kate said...

The new plate is a pleasant contrast from the old one, which I still love because it is quite distinctive.

Anonymous said...

Looks like Richardson must have deigned this on his PC... come on, you can get more creative than this.

Anonymous said...

You should have made a green one with red type and a red one with green type and then you could see if red or green is more popular.

Anonymous said...

I hate the new plates i think they are a disgrace to our great state and country the colors are vomit like and they make me sick to my stomach. thank you for your time.

Kimberly said...

I know it's been a year since you made this entry, but my husband and I just saw the beautiful turquoise New Mexico plate for the very first time yesterday morning in Brooklyn!

There's so many different license plates in NYC--well at least in Park Slope, Brooklyn, where we live, that we play the license plate game every Saturday morning on the way home from the farmer's market at Grand Army Plaza. We're on foot and have to go a mile and a half to our house on 18th St, and we always see at least 15 different state's plates on our trip home along Prospect Park West.

Anyway, I can understand that the centennial plate might seem a bit garish to some, but I think it's the prettiest license plate I have ever seen; I wish I could live in New Mexico long enough to get one for myself.

Thanks for posting these pictures!

SantaFeKate said...

Thanks for your comment Kimberly! I always enjoy the license plate game myself. I do like the turquoise plate, though I ended up choosing to pay a little extra to get the Santa Fe 400th anniversary plate (shown at the end of the post)--I love having it!