I have to admit that I was a little shocked when Iowans, asked last summer to choose a new license plate for the state, chose 'City and Country Reboot' over a design based on the state flag.

Nonetheless, the new plate, revealed last August, will finally be available over the next two weeks.

Secretary of State offices in two counties in our area will be among the first counties to receive the new tags. Clinton county, and Muscatine county should receive the new plates within a week or two according to a report in the Des Moines Register.

The new tags should be in all Iowa counties by the summer.

In keeping with stereotypes, the plates are manufactured by inmates at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.