The year 2021 will be a big year for the State of Missouri as the Show-Me State will celebrate its 200th anniversary. As part of that celebration the state will begin issuing Missouri drivers new red, white and blue bicentennial license plates. The new plates will be distributed when vehicle owners apply for or seek to renew their license plates over the next couple of years. The State’s goal is to have the plates in place before 2021.

The new design features red and blue wavy lines to represent Missouri's rivers, with the state seal in the middle and will replace the current "bluebird" model that features the state bird. The cost of the new plates will be around $17 million with residents being charged extra fees of $3.36 for regular plates and $7.54 for personalized plates.

According to KMOV-TV’s website story, State officials had asked Missouri residents to vote on some of the possible bicentennial plate designs, but those being considered were rejected by the Missouri Highway Patrol. The agency wanted white backgrounds to make it easier for troopers to read the plates during the day and nighttime hours.

Missouri Department of Revenue website