Kansas delays launch of new license plates

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Kansas officials have delayed the launch date for its new vehicle plates, which will look like the old ones but will be flat instead of embossed.

WICHITA — Kansas officials have delayed the launch date for the state’s new vehicle plates.

State officials said Friday that the original Aug. 1 launch date for the license plates has been delayed until Aug. 15 because of issues in the new digital processing equipment.

Wichita’s Center Industries will create the plates on demand using a digital printer that prints the tag information on a background, then bonds the background material to a metal plate. The plates were previously manufactured in bulk at a plant.

Johnson County is concerned the new system will confuse people because it involves a new delivery method. The new plates will be mailed to the customer’s home within 10-14 business days.

This means license plate customers will leave the county office with a temporary plate and registration sticker until the permanent plate arrives.

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