The state will pay $6 million over the next two years to replace its standard license plates with a new one featuring an American Indian aiming an arrow into the sky.
The design, revealed for the first time Friday, is from Oklahoma artist Allan Houser's "Sacred Rain Arrow” sculpture at the Gilcrease Museum in Tulsa. Houser, who died in 1994, was a member of the Fort Sill Apache Tribe of Oklahoma.
"The family is very pleased and grateful to have the design chosen,” said David Rettig, curator for the Houser estate in Santa Fe, N.M. "It's a great honor to have his art on the plates.”
Under House Bill 3326, lawmakers dedicated $3 million from the 2009 budget to pay for the new tags, said Paula Ross, spokeswoman for the Oklahoma Tax Commission. Another $3 million will come from the 2010 budget.
Motorists will pay the regular registration fees to get the new license plates. The tags will be issued with new numbers beginning in January.
Drivers who want to keep their current tag number must pay $17 to the Tax Commission before Nov.
View the new standard Oklahoma license plate