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Pa. unveils first redesigned license plate in years. Take a look

Hey Pennsylvanians. Here’s your present for being part of the state where America was born.

New license plates!

The state Department of Transportation said Tuesday it will switch the standard plate for Pennsylvania vehicles over in early 2025 from the current techno-cool tri-color fade design launched in the Gov. Tom Ridge era to a new design pinned to America’s upcoming 250th birthday.

Over the slogan “Let Freedom Ring” in red lettering, the simple new design will feature an all white plate, with navy blue numbers arrayed over an illustration of the Liberty Bell.

It’s the first major redesign to Pennsylvania’s base plate since 2000, according to the Website, when Pennsylvania adopted the tri-color fade look that was notable to connoisseurs for being the first in the U.S. to list a state government’s web address.

That look was updated in 2017, when the old vehicle registration sticker went the way of the do-do bird, creating room for a small Pennsylvania map outline in the upper left-hand corner.

But after years of the fade, “You’ve Got a Friend in Pennsylvania” and such, the Shapiro Administration is going deep roots with the Liberty Bell motif.

Fun fact: The last and only other time Pennsylvania used a Liberty Bell graphic on the standard plate was in the early 1970s, in the run-up to the bicentennial celebrations of 1976.

From PennDOT’s announcement:

The new “Let Freedom Ring” designs celebrate Pennsylvania as the birthplace of American democracy and highlight the state’s leading role in the celebrations of the United States in 2026.

“Pennsylvania is the birthplace of our democracy,” said Gov. Josh Shapiro.

“With all eyes on Pennsylvania as we prepare to host our country’s 250th birthday in 2026, our new license plates and welcome signs will celebrate the best of what the Commonwealth has to offer and show the country why Pennsylvania is the ‘Great American Getaway’ and the birthplace of American freedom.”

Brief historical point: It was in Philadelphia where on July 4, 1776, representatives from the13 colonies formally adopted the Declaration of Independence at the Pennsylvania State House, now known as Independence Hall.

Though the Revolutionary War continued until 1783, the adoption of the Declaration has long been seen as good a single moment as any to declare as the Day One for the United States of America.

Back to modern-day marketing.

The new plates aren’t just going to be issued to everybody automatically. You’re going to have to want them first.

Motorists can sign up now to receive an email update when the new license plates are ready to order in spring 2025. PennDOT said fees will vary based on plate type and any optional personalization. The cost to replace a standard plate is currently listed at $13 on PennDOT’s website.

The new plates will be paired with new welcome signs that are starting to go up on major highways around the state this summer.

These will retire the Rendell Era “State of Independence” slogans.

The first eight of those signs have been installed on U.S. 15 in Adams County; I-295 in Bucks County; I-90/the Ohio line in Erie County; I-70 in Fulton County; I-80 in Monroe County; Route 449 in Potter County; I-81 in Susquehanna County; and Route 1015 in Tioga County.

Another 29 signs will be installed in the coming months, PennDOT said.

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