OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and other state leaders unveiled the state’s new license plate design on Monday.

State leaders held a news conference at 1 p.m. at the State Capitol to unveil the new license plate design, “Explore Oklahoma.” The new design highlights Oklahoma’s diverse ecology with the outline of our state’s bird, a scissor-tailed flycatcher, soaring over lakes and mountains.

The new plates will start being issued on January 1, 2017. 

Every Oklahoma motorist will pay an additional $5 beginning later this month for the new license plate.

The new plates cost the state about $2.05 to produce. Most of the additional revenue will go into a newly created State Public Safety Fund that will be available for the Legislature to spend to "support public safety" in the state.

In addition to the $18.5 million generated by issuing the new tags, tax officials predict an additional $4 million from an increase in compliance.

The new design was selected by the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department.