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License Plate Replacement Cycle
License Plate Replacement Cycle
DOT to phase in new license plates

Iowa is reissuing plates with the existing design starting in 2012. Plates will now have letters followed by numbers.

Implementation of the license plate replacement cycle will be begin April 1, 2012 with the May 2012 renewals. Plates will be replaced on the following schedule: 



            Original Plate Issue Year                 Replacement Year 
                        1996-1997                                     2012 
                        1998-2003                                     2013 
                            2004                                         2014 
                            2005                                         2015 
                            2006                                         2016 
                            2007                                         2017 
                            2008                                         2018 
                            2009                                         2019 
                            2010                                         2020 
                            2011                                         2021