Regulation License Plate to Commemorate Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial

Through an act of the Louisiana Legislature, beginning in January 2002, the regulation license plate for the state will honor the bicentennial of the Louisiana Purchase.

License plates issued to private passenger motor vehicles between January 1, 2002 and December 31, 2003 will feature the logo of the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Celebration, a year-long and statewide celebration to be held throughout 2003 as overseen by the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism.

"As these new license plates circulate the nation, they will remind people everywhere of Louisiana’s role in the enormous expansion of the United States," said Lt. Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco who oversees the Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism. "This contribution to American history should be the cause for many travelers to join us for our statewide celebration."
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The slogan of the license plate will read "Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial 1803-2003." The design of the logo features a map of the land acquired through the Louisiana Purchase. A fleur-de-lis representing France and a Spanish cross are also featured noting the nations with previous possession of the area. The plates will be red, white and blue.

Author of the bill, Representative Charles Riddle commented, "The Louisiana Purchase was a major historical event not only for Louisiana but also for the country. I believe the license plates will serve as a great way to promote the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial Celebration, and I hope that people from all over the world will visit Louisiana to participate."

Anyone wishing to replace their license plate with the Louisiana Purchase Bicentennial plate can do so at their local Department of Motor Vehicles for a replacement fee of $18.00 plus the necessary validation sticker charges, said Kay Hodges, commissioner Office of Motor Vehicles.

"Louisiana needs to be remembered as the center of the greatest land purchase in world history," said Louisiana Purchase commission member Michael Wynne. "These license plates will bring this message all around the nation."

For more information contact the Office of Motor Vehicles at (225) 925-6146.

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