Inmates at the Dick Conner Correctional Center in Hominy have begun production of the newly designed license tags for Oklahoma motorists.

The new tag prominently features the Gilcrease Museum's “Sacred Rain Arrow” statue of an American Indian, framed against a blue sky, preparing to fire an arrow skyward.

Tags are expected to be available to all motorists when they renew their registrations starting in January, according to employees at Miami's tag office.

A few other changes will be noticed as well.

The green and white colors and raised lettering on the old plates are being replaced with digitally printed tag numbers.

Also replaced are the green and white colors. The new tags have a pearl-white background, and maroon tag numbers.

“Oklahoma” will be featured at the top of the tag, with each letter bordered in gold color.

A narrow blue band runs the length of the bottom of the tag, with the words “Native America” printed in pearl white.

The Osage Nation shield, currently in the center of the tag, will be seen in the lower right-hand corner.

Another design change will be for local governments, schools and state vehicles, along with farm and commercial trucks.

Gone will be the white-background, black-lettered tags now used by governments.

The new tags are made out of aluminum instead of galvanized steel, keeping them free of rusting. The use of aluminum also makesµ the new tags lighter to ship in bulk.

The state hasn't yet come up with designs for specialty or personalized tags, including tags for the handicapped.

Motorists who have those kinds of tags on their vehicles now can keep them on, but they must keep their new license tags inside their vehicles at all times, according to officials.