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Officials Say Iowa's New "Blackout Plates" Are A Huge Hit And That There's A Backlog For Them, Including In Dickinson County

Thu 9-12-2019

(Spirit Lake)-- Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation say the new blackout license plate has become extremely popular among Iowans. So much so, in fact, they say there's a shortage of them. Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation say the new blackout license plate has become extremely popular among Iowans. So much so, in fact, they say there's a shortage of them And Dickinson County Treasurer Kris Rowley says that's also the case locally...Blackout Plates01 

"We were limited to order only 50 when we first were able to order them back July 1st. Actually we were able to get them in August-September, the very beginning of September, right after Labor Day. And we went through those in about a week. And so we ran out this last Tuesday morning and we have put in another request for shipment of them at the end of August so we are waiting on that. And from what I'm hearing it will be somewhere likely the 23rd of September that they come in, and as soon as they come in I'm sure they'll fly out the door as well."

Rowley says the shortage of the plates is statewide...Blackout Plates02 

"Since July 1st when they became available on line through the state I had hear in August that they had sold over 9,000 of them at that point in August. We had some meetings with D.O.T, so somewhere in the middle of August that's about the number they were at. I'm betting it's much, much more than that now because they became available, the alpha-numeric cycle became available in Treasurer's Offices on September 3rd and I think that really just popped the sales way up and out from that point on, so."

The Iowa D.O.T says it's working with suppliers to try to maintain the needed production materials for the plates, which are manufactured at Prison Industries in Anamosa.