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Tennesseans asked to choose state's next license plate

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Tennesseans can choose one of four license plate designs to become the official state license plate in 2022.

Governor Bill Lee invited Tennesseans on Monday to “Rate the Plates” and help choose the state’s next standard license plate by selecting their favorite design at

Under state law, the license plate is redesigned every eight years if funds are approved in the General Assembly’s annual budget.

“As Tennessee celebrates 225 years of statehood, it’s a perfect time to redesign our license plate and feature the Tri-Star that represents each of our state’s unique grand divisions,” Lee said. “We welcome all Tennesseans to cast their vote and play a role in choosing this piece of our state’s history.”

Voting began Monday and will conclude at 11:59 p.m. CT on Monday, Sept. 27. The winning design will be announced later this fall and available to the public January 2022.

Tennessee statute requires the display of “Tennessee,” “Volunteer State” and “” on the plate, as well as county name and expiration year decal locations. Statute provides that Tennesseans may select an “In God We Trust” plate option.

The new license plate design will replace the current plate that launched in 2006 with modifications in 2011, 2016 and 2017.

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Do we really need to change the plate? If so why? Just because does not count.

What are the up-front costs of a new plate design? I did vote for one.

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