State officials unveiled the new standard-issue Maine license plates during a press conference Monday in Augusta. Courtesy of Maine Department of the Secretary of State

After 25 years of chickadees flying on the bumpers of Maine cars down highways and backroads, the state has unveiled the design of a new license plate based on the original 1901 flag, that features a realistic-looking white pine tree and navy blue star.

Maine Secretary of State Shenna Bellows and Deputy Secretary of State Catherine Curtis announced the new design alongside another version that does not have a tree illustration. The state will begin issuing the new plates by May 1, 2025.

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