Here are the finalists for RI’s new license plate design


PROVIDENCE, RI – Rhode Island is about to choose its new license plate design. On Monday, the Motor Vehicle Division revealed the five finalists for the new design, selected from a pool of 940 submissions.

Starting Monday, Rhode Islanders can vote for their favorite among the five models on the DMV website. Voting will be open until March 28. Multiple entries per person are allowed.

(Courtesy of Paul Grimaldi)

The new plate models are the result of a competition launched by the department in December. A team of DMV employees scoured nearly 1,000 submissions for the top five, the most popular of which will replace the “wave” design that’s been in use for 25 years.

Walter “Bud” Craddock, the DMV administrator, said he was “pleased to see how many people took the time to submit an application.”

“They certainly made it difficult for the jury,” Craddock said. “I think the judges found five designs worthy of replacing the Wave plate, each of which will make Rhode Islanders proud to see on their vehicles for years to come.”

The new plates will begin to be distributed later this year, the DMV said, distributed with license renewals.

“I know how invested Rhode Islanders are in their home state,” Gov. Dan McKee said. “When it was time to update our iconic license plate, I was happy to see hundreds of people step up and submit their designs. I want to thank everyone who took the time to enter the contest, and I can’t wait to find out which one. The Rhode Islanders choose.”


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