The Tetons will soon be gone.
For eight years, the iconic mountain range has stretched across Wyoming license plates. But come 2017, the state’s drivers will sport a new scene on the front and back of their vehicles: the Lower Green River Lake and Squaretop Mountain in the Bridger-Teton National Forest.
The Wyoming Department of Transportation announced the switch last week. Per state law, license plate designs must change every eight years.
According to the department news release, the new design will be featured on the state’s 12 specialty plates, its prestige plates and the standard plates that drivers receive when registering vehicles.
Starting Oct. 1, WYDOT will begin accepting applications for specialty and prestige plates with the new design.
Drivers will not be able to install the new license plate until their current registration expires, “unless they pay in advance at the county for the extra months of registration,” the release said. Some drivers who pay for two years of registration at once may already have the plates, WYDOT said.
The new design features an array of images: snow-capped mountains, rippled blue water, autumn leaves and, of course, Squaretop Mountain. Another change to the 2017 plates will include a maximum of five letters instead of four.
But one aspect will not change: Wyoming license plates, regardless of design, are required to feature the bucking horse.