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New South Dakota License Plate Design Unveiled For 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — State officials in South Dakota have unveiled the design for 2016 license plates.

It’s similar to the current Mount Rushmore plate design, with different coloring.

The current plate design has been in use since 2006, and the state Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division says many existing plates are succumbing to age, damage and loss of reflectivity. Those issues can make the plates hard to read.

The new license plates will be issued beginning Jan. 1. Department of Revenue Secretary Andy Gerlach estimates about 1.5 million will be sent out.

The license plates will continue to be made at Pheasantland Industries at the South Dakota State Penitentiary in Sioux Falls.