Maine Retro License Plates

This image provided by the Secretary of State’s Office in May 2023 shows a preliminary design for the Maine license plate, while the final version will be unveiled next week. The new plates will feature elements of the 1901 Maine state flag, with a navy blue star and dark green pine tree. Maine Secretary of State’s Office

Maine will unveil a new pine tree license plate Monday.

The new design, which will feature an eastern white pine tree and a blue star representing the North Star, will become the new standard-issue Maine license plate. It will replace the chickadee plate, which has been used for 25 years.

A law passed last year by lawmakers to change the state’s license plate design went into effect without the governor’s signature. It calls on the secretary of state to begin issuing the new plates no later than May 1, 2025.

The pine tree and star design is based on Maine’s original 1901 state flag, which has inspired several versions made popular in recent years.

The changeover will cost about $7 million, but will not result in any additional costs to vehicle owners.

The new design will be unveiled at 11 a.m. the Bureau of Motor Vehicles’ administrative office at 101 Hospital St. in Augusta.

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