Sesquicentennial license plates being replaced

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Move over, sesquicentennial license plates.

After more than 17 years on the road, the red-lettered plates celebrating Wisconsin's 150th birthday are being retired.

The state Division of Motor Vehicles says more than 150,000 of the plates will be replaced with the standard-issue black-lettered Wisconsin plate over the next five months. About 150,000 have already been taken out of circulation.

DMV director Mitchell Warren says many of the plates are so faded, they aren't as reflective as they used to be, making them harder to read. He says the oldest plates had been on the road far longer than national standards recommend.

Warren says the DMV will notify sesquicentennial plate holders when it's time for a replacement.

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