DC License Plates To Read 'District of Columbia'

2:06 PM, Feb 23, 2013   |    comments
The license plate of US President Barack Obama’s limo is pictured on January 19, 2013 in Washington DC. Obama’s limousine is now adorned withe ‘Taxation Without Representation’ license plates. The DC government authorized the plates to protest the fact that the District of Columbia does not have a vote in Congress. (Credit: JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (AP) - License plates in the nation's capital will soon say "District of Columbia" instead of "Washington, D.C."

Mayor Vincent Gray ordered the change on Friday, although the change won't be immediate for tags in general circulation.

The mayor's spokesman, Pedro Ribeiro, tells The Washington Post that the change follows legal and historical precedent. The District of Columbia is the legal name of the capital city. Ribeiro says the license plates said "District of Columbia" through much of the 20th Century before being changed in the 1960s.

The license plates also include the slogan "Taxation Without Representation" to reflect the fact that district residents have no voting representatives in Congress. President Barack Obama recently began using the "Taxation" plates on his official vehicles.

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