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New North Dakota License Plate

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FARGO, N.D. -- Valley News Live is getting a first look at the new North Dakota license plate. 

Cars are tagged with yellow and blue license plates. But, now for a first in 22 years, the state plates are receiving a facelift. 

"Looks good, like we're joining the twenty-first century," said North Dakota neighbor Leonard Beck.

State Senator Tim Mathern tweeted a picture of the new license plate Wednesday afternoon and said, "We just approved the new design for ND license plate; skyline, buffalo along with Peace Garden State moniker made it!"

A VNL reporter spoke to locals at West Acres Mall and showed them the tweeted picture to find out what they thought of the new look. 

"You're looking at the plate now, what do you think?", asked Reporter Christina Craig.

"I think it looks great, it looks new," said Beck. "It's a little creative. Legendary North Dakota."

"I like it, I like the buffalo," mall goers chimed in. 

"Well, I think it's better than the old ones, because it shows the lands in the background," said Fargo resident Bran Tanner.

"I don't know if I like that," Fargo grandparent Sharon Schanilec told Valley News Live.

The plates will no longer have embossed letters and numbers and will instead use a technique that involves printing on metal. Mathern said this allows drivers to choose more varieties of vanity plates and even possibly customize their own, if leaders approve more plates in future legislative sessions. And, that has some concerned.

"I personally think it's dangerous," said mother Jenn Thompson.

Some parents said a customized plate could endanger their children by identifying the car they drive. One Fargo grandparent told us young girls can become easy targets to predators and is concerned for her grand daughter. 

"You know, it's a cute girl driving along and somebody sees her plates and can then find a way to find her," said Schanilec.

Despite the safety concern, some feel it's a good fit.  

"Looks like it represents North Dakota," said Thompson.

The new plates will be available for bumpers in 2015.

State lawmakers set aside nearly seven million dollars to make and distribute the plates. Which means, drivers shouldn't have to pay for any additional fees with the new license plates. 

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