In a little less than two years, Missouri will have a new commemorative Bicentennial license plate. The new plate will be red, white and blue and will celebrate the state bicentennial on Aug. 10, 2021.

In a little less than two years, Missouri will have a new commemorative Bicentennial license plate. The new plate will be red, white and blue and will celebrate the state bicentennial on Aug. 10, 2021.
The plate has four wavy red lines at the top and four blue lines across the bottom, with an image of the state seal in the center. The image is the one on the state flag, which depicts two bears holding a shield. On the seal is the state motto, "United We Stand, Divided We Fall."
At the bottom of the plate are the dates 1821-2021.
The new plate was selected by an advisory committee is January. The committee was dedicated to design a plate that represented the entire state. For example, the wavy lines represent rivers, since waterways played such an importation role in state history, and Missouri has many miles of both the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers, two of the most prominent and famous rivers in America.
The plate's simple design was made to be very "readable" by law enforcement. The Missouri Highway Patrol tested the plates and found them easy to see and read in both daylight and dark, under all conditions.
The current design for the Missouri plates features the state bird, the eastern bluebird. The delicate little bluebird was adopted as the state bird in 1927. This bluebird plate will to be used until the new license plate is produced, estimated to be January 1, 2019.