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From “Skunky” to Snapy” with new black and white Iowa plates

July 15, 2019
By John Speer - Editor ( , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

"People kept asking me about "Skunk" on my motorcycle's license plate," Ryan Donnelly, Tama, said Monday. He said the Iowa specialty license plate carried the name on his 2016 Harley Davidson which is indeed, a bit like a skunk, black with white stripes.

He said when he noticed on social media Iowa was issuing a new black plate with white letters dubbed "blackout" it was time for a change - the plate matches his Harley and this time he chose to use his childhood nickname "Snapy" and also designates "Tama" as the county in smaller letters.

Michelle Yuska, Tama County Treasurer and personnel in her office were surprised at the quick issuance of thee new plate which first became available July 1 with Ryan the first in Tama County to receive one.

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Ryan Donnelly receives new plate he ordered from Sara Gilbert in the Tama County Treasurer’s Office in Toledo Monday - the first to receive the new design in the county.

News-Herald photos/John Speer

The plates were authorized by the 2019 Iowa Legislature. The new plates are described as "almost identical to the specialty plates" issued for Dordt College in Sioux Center. Radio Iowa reported "Posts on social media indicate a few Iowans have been buying the Dordt College plates, then buying a frame to cover up the reference to the Christian college in northwest Iowa."

While Ryan probably will get to answer questions about "Snapy", too, the plate appears a perfect match for the bike.

Fact Box

To Order:

For those wishing to order the new blackout license plates the first-time extra cost is $35 for vehicle license plates with standard numbers and $60 for personalized plates. Renewals are $10 for standard and $15 for personalized in addition to the standard vehicle license fee.

Orders may be placed online or a form downloaded from the internet and submitted by mail:

The Tama County Treasurer's Office will also download a form for those without internet access.



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