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New license plates catching on slowly

“Registered vehicle owners having a license plate issued after Dec. 1, 2003, and having the plate heading www.Georgia.gov — including any vanity, prestige, veteran, college or university, or any other specialty license plate — will be replaced beginning May of 2013,” according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Revenue, which oversees the distribution of license plates.

“Registered vehicle owners having a license plate issued after Dec. 1, 2003, and having the plate heading www.Georgia.gov — including any vanity, prestige, veteran, college or university, or any other specialty license plate — will be replaced beginning May of 2013,” according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Revenue, which oversees the distribution of license plates.

The roll out of a new Georgia license plate is off to a sluggish start in Clayton and Henry counties, according to local tax officials.

County-level tax offices across the state began distributing new license plates Monday. The car tags feature the image of an open field, with a few peaches, and a magnolia tree in the foreground, under the heading “Peach State Georgia.” They were designed by Forsyth resident Linda Sosebee, who won a statewide tag design competition last year. An alternative, simple white tag, with a peach in the middle is also available.

Although there is usually a wave of so-called first-adapters anytime something new — like a new piece of technology — is released, Clayton County Tax Commissioner Terry Baskin, and Henry County Tax Commissioner David Curry said that has not been the case with the new plates.

“It’s been slow, but steady,” Baskin said. “It hasn’t caught on yet.”

Initially, the new license plates are only being distributed to drivers whose cars still have the “Georgia On My Mind” license plates that the state distributed before Dec. 1, 2003.

“Registered vehicle owners having a license plate issued after Dec. 1, 2003, and having the plate heading www.Georgia.gov — including any vanity, prestige, veteran, college or university, or any other specialty license plate — will be replaced beginning May of 2013,” according to a news release from the Georgia Department of Revenue, which oversees the distribution of license plates.

Curry said he expects demand for the new Sosebee-designed plates will pick up once drivers begin to see them on other vehicles. So far, however, Henry County drivers who have seen the new plates when they come in to renew their tags have responded favorably to the colorful design, he added.

“They do compliment on how good the tags look,” Curry said. “Everybody who has come in to our office has said they like the design. It’s very appealing to the eye, with the field, and the peaches on it. It’s much more appealing than a plain, old white tag with a peach in the middle of it.”

Clayton and Henry county residents can get the new tag by visiting their county’s tax commissioners offices. The Clayton County tag offices are open between 8 a.m., and 6 p.m., on Mondays and Tuesdays, and between 8 a.m., and 4:30 p.m., on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.

The Henry County tag offices are open Mondays and Thursdays, from 8 a.m., to 6:30 p.m., and on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays, from 8 a.m., to 5 p.m.

Clayton County tag office locations include:

• The Main Tag Office, at 121 South McDonough Street, in Jonesboro.

• The Tag Satellite Office, at 1510 Southlake Pkwy., in Morrow.

Henry County tag office locations include:

• The Main Tag Office, at 140 Henry Pkwy., in McDonough.

• The Tag Satellite Office, at 164 Burke Street, in Stockbridge.