The new and improved Georgia license plates made their debut last week all across the state.
"The older embossed plates will be replaced first and are in the process of being phased out throughout the state," Walker County Tax Commissioner Carolyn Walker said.
According to state guidelines, any license plate issued prior to Dec. 1, 2003, and having the plate heading "Georgia...on my mind" will be replaced at the time of registration renewal or when a vehicle is registered in Georgia for the first time at the tag office.
Vehicle owners with a license plate issued after Dec. 1, 2003, and having the plate heading "Georgia.gov," including any specialty license plate, will be replaced beginning May 2013.
The state's new vinyl license plates are manufactured and distributed in a process that will decrease the amount of time it takes Georgia taxpayers to receive their license plate. Walker said the new plates also allow the Georgia Department of Revenue to reduce its inventory and manufacturing costs due to the new on-demand process.
The new license plate depicts a colorful landscape with a peach tree and peaches and was designed by Linda Sosebee, the winner of the 2011 Georgia License Plate Design Contest as chosen by Gov. Nathan Deal.
Drivers will have the option of adding the sticker citing the slogan "In God We Trust" for free starting July 1.