Coloradans can now vote to decide state's 150th anniversary license plate design

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LAKEWOOD, Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023 -- It’s time to make history, Colorado. 

Voting is now underway in the Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles’ Historic Colorado Contest, which first asked residents to design — and now empowers them to choose the Centennial State’s 150th anniversary license plate.

Coloradans can vote at until Feb. 15. There they will be able to vote in two different divisions — 13 and older, and younger than 13. The winning design of the 13-and-older division will be used to make the 150th anniversary license plate.

After the votes have been tallied, Gov. Jared Polis and the DMV will unveil the chosen design as well as present both winners with a $1,000 grant as well as a commemorative license plate. 

“In Colorado, creativity and inspiration are all around us, and we are excited to see the great designs Coloradans share. This new license plate honors the legacy of Coloradans who helped shape our great state as we look forward towards a bright future together," said Polis previously. 

Electra Bustle, DMV senior director, agreed and said she was humbled by the state’s participation, especially young Coloradans who used the contest as a way to learn about the Centennial State.

“I am proud that this contest inspired so many, especially some of our state’s future leaders,” Bustle said. “Taking time to research, plan and design a license plate that represents our history takes a lot of time and effort and the entries clearly demonstrate your love of Colorado. Thank you to all who participated and submitted entries for this important 150th anniversary.” 

The Historic Colorado Contest launched Sept. 19, 2022 with the goal of helping Coloradans honor and make history through license plate design and closed with more than 300 entries from 216 entrants. Of the 216 entrants, 133 were 13-years-old or older and these contestants submitted 215 license plate designs. The other 82 were younger than 13, and these Coloradans entered 97 submissions.

Three finalists per division were selected by a committee that included motor vehicle administrators and Polis with a final, public vote on the top three designs. In addition to the two $1,000 grants, winners will get bragging rights, will be featured in all of the Governor’s Office’s and DMV’s relevant media releases as well as a commemorative license plate. 

Coloradans should visit for more information. The 150th Anniversary License Plate is expected to launch in the fall.  

The Historic Colorado Contest is a low-cost effort to honor Colorado’s history and 150th anniversary with a commemorative license plate. 

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Over 13 Finalist of snow capped mountains and yellow sun setting. Center of place is the Colorado logo with the state capitol in its center. The bottom of the plate says Centennial State.

Artist: Alain Suel, of Denver
Div.: 13+
Inspiration: Colorado’s beautiful sunsets, blue skies, snowy mountains and the Capitol dome
B-Roll: 07:00
Promo video

Over 13 Finalist with the Colorado logo at the top of the plate with a dark blue background, cutout of mountains, and crest in the center

Artist: Evan Griesheimer, of Denver
Div.: 13+
Inspiration: The simplicity and colors of the Colorado State Flag, the Rocky Mountains and mining
B-Roll: 03:30
Promo video

Over 13 finalist, light blue sky with mountains in foreground. The word Colorado is reversed out of sky. Shield in the center of the plate with Colorado 150 in the center. Bottom of plate says A Shining History.

Artist: Dave Kottler, of Colorado Springs
Div.: 13+
Inspiration: The artist was inspired by his 30 years spent in Colorado
B-Roll: 00:14
Promo video

Under 13 finalist design of Pikes Peak and Garden of the Gods

Artist: Calista Blaschke, of Denver
Div.: U13
Inspiration: Pikes Peak, fortune hunters, the State Bird (Lark bunting) and the State Tree (Blue spruce)
B-Roll: 07:53
Promo video 

Under 13 finalist of show capped mountains is the back and the Colorado logo as a setting sun, with evergreen trees in the foreground

Artist: Eden Eshun, of Denver
Div.: U13
Inspiration: Colorado’s mountains and forests, and the State Bird (Lark bunting)
B-Roll: 09:45
Promo video

Under 13 Finalist of now capped mountains in the background and an evergreen tree in the center with a bird. Rolling hills on the bottom

Artist: Calista Blaschke, of Denver
Div.: U13
Inspiration: the State Bird (Lark bunting) and the State Tree (Blue spruce), and Colorado’s nature
B-Roll: 07:53
Promo video