Thursday, December 30, 2010

Indiana license branches won't have your plates and stickers in the new year

When the time comes for you to trudge down to your friendly local license branch in Indiana in 2011, don't expect to walk out with your shiny new license plate or your 2012 sticker.

The branches won't have them.

Evansville Fox affiliate WTVW reports today that the BMV will begin mailing all of those items from a central location (presumably in Indianapolis) after the first of the year.

Many motorists already renew online or by mail anyway, the Bureau says, so the move makes sense.

Driver's licenses are already issued this way.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Another new look for Indiana's truck plates?

Indiana BMV image
I've been looking at pictures of Indiana's new crop of license plates for 2011 (which can be found on the BMV's website), and one caught my eye.

It appears that truck plates are changing to the same numbering format as regular passenger plates.  Well, at least it looks that way from the picture.

But maybe it'll be different once the plates actually hit the road.  Maybe.  And maybe they'll center the numbers and letters.

Or maybe they'll put the letters "TK" in front of the number.


Oh, and speaking of letters in front of the numbers on plates (which I told you about some months ago) here's the list of the ones I know now:

D - Disabled
DF & DH - Disabled Veteran
F - Farm
M - Motorcycle
PH - Purple Heart
R - RV
SP - Semi trailer, permanent
SE - Semi trailer, non-permanent
TR - Trailer

I'll add to this list as I see others, of course.

Kentucky trusts God ... enough to give Him a really lame license plate

Lexington Herald-Leader image
When it came time to put God on their license plates, Indiana and Oklahoma at least had the decency to put the Lord's name on a good-looking plate.

Kentucky just phoned it in.

The Bluegrass State's new "In God We Trust" plate, which goes on sale in January 2011, looks little different from the standard "Unbridled Spirit" issue that debuted five years ago.  That slogan and its horse-headed logo still grace the plate, albeit in much-smaller form.

One would think that a state that's willing to give tens of millions of dollars in tax breaks to a bunch of religious nuts for a Noah's Ark theme park would be willing to give the King of Kings and Lord of Lords a little more respect than His name on a retreaded design.

But if one does think that, one would be wrong.

There is good news, though:  Like their neighbors to the north, Kentuckians who want to share their trust in the Almighty won't have to pay more for the privilege.  Both the standard and IGWT plates will cost you $21 plus applicable taxes and fees.