License Plate Design Comes Full Circle

Ah, the original Texas license plate. So simple, so clear. Nobody would ever want to change it.

1969 – 1983

Fast forward to 1991. A Texas flag was added to the plates.


Let’s not stop there, lets put more pretty pictures.


Ok now its starting to get out of hand, in 2008, there was a contest where Texans could choose the look of the license plate. These were the choices.

Well as long as they dont choose the one with script font and a weird 90’s corner scribble.


Oh, God no.

I almost cried the day I had to put these on my car. I have heard these referred to as hideous, an abomination, and just plain ugly. While I keep my comments to myself, I’ll just let you decide whether you would pay the extra money not to put this on your car.


Thank you 2012! Texas has learned the error of its ways and has returned to a much simpler time. I am counting down the days when I can proudly put this on my car. I might even pay the $7.00 to get it earlier.

Moral of the story: Simpler design is always better design.