(DOT Director Mark Lowe and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds unveil designs today (Thursday) at Iowa State Fair)

Iowans can now vote on one of three new license plate designs.   

The Iowa Department of Transportation plans to tally the votes August 20th.   

It'll be years before before new plates completely replace the current plates.  The first ones will be issued in 2018, and will be gradually phased in over a 10 year period. 

Iowans can VOTE on the DOT's website, or at their booth at the Iowa State Fair.

DOT Director Mark Lowe says the conversation to change the plates, began with former Iowa Governor Terry Branstad, who felt it was time to update the current plates, issued 1998.  

DOT graphic artists came up with the designs, with input from the governor's office and several state agencies.  He says there was no cost to develop the new designs.   

Right now, there will be no change to collegiate plates or other specialty plates that do not include this design. The city and country plate design has been in place since 1998 and accounts for about 4.2 million of the 4.4 million plates in circulation.