The Automobile License Plate Collectors Association voted the Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum license plate from Nebraska as the best new plate in the United States.
Last year, the state introduced the specialty license plate, which promotes the Union Pacific Railroad Museum. It coincided with the 150th anniversary of the creation of the railroad.
Since 1970, the association has recognized a state with the best new license plate design of the year. This year marks the 42nd anniversary of the award and the first win for Nebraska.
The UP plate topped those from 12 other states.
Association members worldwide were asked to vote on overall attractiveness of the plate design and its legibility as a tool for public safety and law enforcement.
“The Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles is honored to have assisted with facilitating the production of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum license plate,” Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Director Rhonda Lahm said in a news release.
The Friends of the Union Pacific Railroad Museum is a nonprofit organization with a mission of supporting the museum.
The plate is one of two special plates for nonprofit organizations in Nebraska; the other is Creighton University. Organizations must have 500 prepaid applications along with an initial $70 fee for each to get DMV approval. The department also offers plates for veterans, amateur radio operators, Husker supporters, vintage vehicle owners, etc.