ELLSWORTH — State Sen. Kimberley Rosen (R-Hancock County) spends plenty of time driving to and from her work in Augusta. But starting next year, her Jeep Grand Cherokee will look a little different.
That’s because on Jan. 1, Rosen will have a new front license plate: one commemorating Maine’s bicentennial in 2020. Earlier this year, the Maine Legislature approved the plates, which became available to Maine motorists on Monday morning.
Rosen was first in line to get a plate. The senator serves on the Legislature’s Transportation Committee, and she gave a speech in Augusta at the unveiling ceremony for the license plates.
“It’s just so exciting with the bicentennial,” Rosen said after the ceremony. “Being on the Transportation Committee, I know what it takes to put these license plates together.”
During the 12 years she’s served on the committee, Rosen has helped bring the “Breast Cancer Support” and “Support Animal Welfare” plates to cars across the state.
The bicentennial plates sport the numbers “1820” and “2020” on a blue field, with a star and the state motto “Dirigo” emblazoned in the center.
Most of the revenue generated by sales of the $25 plates goes to the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council for its bicentennial initiative, which will include statewide commemorative events.
The plates can be purchased online at http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/registration/bicen.html or by visiting any of the Maine Bureau of Motor Vehicle’ offices.
Motorists can display their plates on the front of their vehicle starting on Jan. 1, 2018, and must take the plates down when they expire on Dec. 31, 2020.
“When I have to take it off, I’ll scrub the bugs off it and I’ll put it on my wall,” said Rosen, who suggested another use for the plates.
“It makes for a great Christmas present,” she said.