Mix-up leads to reissue of Wichita flag license plates


About 100 people in the Wichita area will have the option to order a new license plate after a mix-up.

In 2018, the Wichita Parks Foundation and city officials announced the “Plates for Parks” campaign as a way to show city pride and support Wichita parks facilities with a $50 annual royalty fee for the new plate going directly to the Wichita Parks Foundation.  

The license plate was designed by city graphic designer Steve Cooper, featuring the prominent Wichita flag in the background and white lettering and numbering.

However, the plate that 107 people recently received by mail featured black lettering.

“We noticed, it is kind of hard to read, and right now after the snowfall and the dirty roads and the snow splashed on those plates that they do get difficult to read especially with that black lettering on the red background,” Brent Thomas, chairman of the Wichita Parks Foundation said.

After concerns of legibility and honoring the original design came up, Thomas began communicating with the Kansas Department of Revenue (KDOR) which manufactures the license plates.

KDOR spokesperson Zach Fletcher tells KSN news the proof the state approved in 2018 did feature white lettering. However, the state began a new digital printing process in August 2018 and printed the plates in black.

The state is reissuing plates featuring white lettering to the 107 people who received their plates already. Those people will have the option to trade in their plate for the correct design at no cost to them from the state. County fees may apply.

“The state’s been really good to work with. We really appreciate their willingness to work to fix the issue as well as working with our vendor,” Thomas said.

Fletcher says the 107 people who received an incorrect plate will be contacted via letter.

For more on the Plates for Parks program, click here.

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