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New License Plate Plan

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - The Department of Licensing is changing the license plate plan they announced last month. The new license plates will contain seven characters, three letters followed by four numbers. The original plan consisted of a number, a letter, two more numbers and then three letters.

The confusing configuration was dropped after several people asked for an easier arrangement. The biggest concern was the configuration was too difficult to remember.

Brad Benfield from the Department of Licensing says the new plates will be ready by the end of this month. "People can keep their same license plate until it's done for a replacement, that occurs every 7 years.   At that time, they can keep the 6 digit license plate if they want to pay the additional $20 fee to retain that," says Benfield.

The DOL will continue to issue the 6 digit plates until they run out. They say the mountain background and the slogan "Evergreen State" will not change.    

 The new configuration will yield about 138 million possible combinations.