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BMV unveils new "In God We Trust" license plate

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R. Scott Waddell, commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV), has unveiled an updated design of the popular “In God We Trust” license plate that will be available for new or renewed vehicle registrations in 2012.

Waddell explained that the redesign of the In God We Trust plate accommodates the BMV’s new licensing plate numbering system. He said all standard and specialty plates have been, or will be, redesigned by the end of 2013 to remove the small stacked letters and allow up to six larger letters and numbers.

The new universal plate layout will allow the BMV to eliminate duplicate numbers across all plate types. The revised layout was developed in consultation with the State Police for improved readability.

Waddell added the design and printing method for the new plate will save taxpayers $1.5 million in production costs over the five-year life of the plate design. Indiana law requires that a new license plate be issued every five years.

Waddell also reported that a record 44 percent of all BMV transactions were now being completed outside of a license branch compared to just 15 percent in 2007.

Many BMV transactions can be now processed online at the myBMV.com website, by mail and through a Customer Contact phone center.

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