State issues new license plates

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

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The new South Dakota vehicle plates will be issued locally beginning Jan. 4, 2016, the first day the Kingsbury County courthouse will be open in 2016.


Gov. Dennis Daugaard, the Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division and the South Dakota Department of Tourism worked together to design the new plates. The design has remained much the same, but with some color changes. The Mount Rushmore background, which is white on the existing plates, will be tan on the new plates, and the red and blue lettering will all be blue on the new plates.


The new design replaces one that was introduced in 2006.  Most years, licensing requires the purchase of new stickers to be applied to the existing license plate.  The state determined that new plates are necessary this year because existing plates are aging and losing reflectivity.


Kingsbury County treasurer Elaine Blachford said new license plates would not increase the cost of licensing a vehicle. However, because of the increase in license fees implemented by the state in April of 2015, Kingsbury County implemented an increase from $4 to $5 per wheel, with a maximum of 12 wheels. The wheel tax increase goes into effect Jan. 1, 2016.


Blachford said license renewal notices for 2016 are being sent by letter instead of postcard and residents should be aware of the change.


Donna Palmlund

Staff Writer

The De Smet News

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