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New SC license tags debut next year

South Carolina’s new standard license plate used on about half all registered vehicles in the state.
South Carolina’s new standard license plate used on about half all registered vehicles in the state.

South Carolina will debut a new license tag early next year colored with the state flag’s indigo blue and topped with the state motto “While I breathe, I hope.”

The tag will replace the eight-year-old sunrise design, which was criticized by some for having what appeared to be Clemson’s school colors of orange and purple. South Carolina began redesigning license tags last year with the state’s 170 specialty plates switching to the same simple, white-based template.

The S.C. Department of Motor Vehicles broke away from that template with the standard plate used on roughly half of of the state’s 4.2 million registered vehicles after the agency received design suggestions from the public, said Kevin Shwedo, who is taking time away as the agency’s director to head the state’s flood recovery efforts.

Car owners will get the new standard plates when it is time for them to renew the tags, which happens every two years.

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