RI license plate design competition continues DMV unveils 5 finalists

The next Rhode Island license plate could feature the Newport Bridge, scenes of the coastline, or a wave frieze.

The Rhode Island Division of Motor Vehicles unveiled potential successors to the “wave plate” on Monday, and is encouraging the public to vote on their favorite by March 28th.

More than 900 designs were submitted to the DMV’s license plate contest this winter, and officials winnowed the competition down to just five options.

“They illustrate Rhode Island’s independent spirit, each in a different way,” said Gov. Dan McKee.

Two designs feature the Claiborne Pell Bridge, better known as the Newport Bridge. One has Goat Island Light in the foreground, while another shows a sailboat cruising by.

Two additional designs play on the classic wave design by incorporating a row of smaller waves — one in pale blues, and another in blue and yellow.

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