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Wisconsin sesquicentennial license plates to be replaced

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Wisconsin’s sesquicentennial was celebrated 15 years ago – and the state is finally getting the popular license plates for that occasion off the road.

Mitchell Warren, who heads the Bureau of Vehicle Services, says many of the 150th anniversary plates are so faded, the license numbers can no longer be read. The same is also true for the first of Wisconsin’s standard plates which originally had red numbers and letters.

A national motor vehicle group recommends plates with white backgrounds and black letters, saying it provides the best contrast.

Wisconsin officials say the red numbers and sesquicentennial plates will be replaced over the next 14 months.

They say motorists will not need to do anything until they get a renewal notice from the DOT.