Update (June 27, 2017): Applications for the 2017 Alaska Artistic License Plate contest are now closed. Our celebrity panel is currently in the process of narrowing down the submissions to a set of finalists. Once the finalists have been picked, public voting to select the final design will begin. Check back for more updates in the coming weeks!

Are you a kindergartener with an eye for color? Are you a professional artist looking for opportunities in an unusual medium? Are you an Alaskan looking to gain fame and recognition in both visual art and vehicular transportation?

Boy, have we got an opportunity for you.

The idea is simple: the state of Alaska is opening a call to all Alaskans, to brainstorm, create, and submit designs for their ideal license plate.

A top-secret, celebrity panel of Alaskan judges will choose finalists, and a statewide vote by Alaskans — half American Idol, half Alaska Airline’s Paint-the-Plane competition — will decide the winning design.

The new plate will be available for all Alaskans to put on their cars as an official DMV-issued license plate for a limited run through the next four years, before the call opens again, and a new design is chosen.

If you paint, photograph, design, draw, collage, or create blubber and baleen batiks, the Alaska Artistic License celebrity panel of judges wants to see it. It can be an ornate masterpiece or minimalist crayon drawing: it just has to be upload-able in 2D.

Submissions will be accepted from February 28 — April 24, 2017. And keep track of where submissions are coming from here!

Get started right now with our design guidelines and templates. To submit your final design(s), please visit the Alaska Artistic License Call for Entry at CaFÉ.