New highway welcome signs, license plates honor Pennsylvania as birthplace of American democracy

New highway welcome signs, license plates honor Pennsylvania as birthplace of American democracy

The first eight welcome signs have already been installed in Adams, Bucks, Erie, Fulton, Monroe, Potter, Susquehanna and Tioga counties, and 29 more signs will be installed across the state in the coming months.

HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania. — Following Independence Day and the launch of Pennsylvania’s Great American Getaway travel brand, Gov. Josh Shapiro unveiled Pennsylvania’s new license plates and “Welcome to Pennsylvania” road signs on Tuesday, July 9.

The “Let Freedom Ring” designs pay tribute to Pennsylvania as the birthplace of American democracy and recognize the state’s leading role in celebrating the United States in 2026.

“Pennsylvania is the birthplace of our democracy, and as governor, I have focused on promoting true freedom across the Commonwealth,” said Gov. Josh Shapiro. “With all eyes on Pennsylvania as we prepare to host our nation’s 250th birthday in 2026, our new license plates and welcome signs will celebrate the best of the Commonwealth and show the country why Pennsylvania is the Great American Escape and the birthplace of American freedom.”

The new projects complement Pennsylvania: The Great American Getaway branding, underscoring how tourism is a key priority in the governor’s economic development strategy. A report released by the Pennsylvania Tourism Office in March shows that Pennsylvania’s tourism industry generated $76.7 billion in economic impact, supported 486,871 jobs, contributed $4.7 billion in state and local taxes, and welcomed 192.4 million visitors in 2022 — and nearly 72 million people living within a four-hour drive of thousands of Pennsylvania tours and experiences will now see new projects when they enter the commonwealth.

Pennsylvania is a great place for a weekend getaway, conveniently located near major transportation hubs on the East Coast. Our main streets and small towns, world-class restaurants and bars, famous landmarks, exciting outdoor recreation opportunities, and top events and sports can all be experienced in one weekend.

New welcome signs installed at state border entry points invite visitors and residents to celebrate Pennsylvania’s heritage and commitment to promoting true freedom. The first eight signs were installed on U.S. 15 in Adams County; I-295 in Bucks County; I-90/Ohio border in Erie County; I-70 in Fulton County; I-80 in Monroe County; Route 449 in Potter County; I-81 in Susquehanna County; and Route 1015 in Tioga County. An additional 29 signs will be installed in the coming months.

Pennsylvania residents can also now sign up to receive email updates when the new license plates are ready to be ordered in the spring of 2025. When the plates are available, an email will be sent explaining how vehicle owners can order the plates for their vehicle from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Military, special organization, special fund, and specialty plates without statutorily required designs will also be updated with the new design.

When the plates are available, fee information will be included with the replacement instructions on PennDOT’s website and will vary based on plate type and optional personalization. The department and its partners will use the entire existing inventory of standard license plates before transitioning to the new plate design.

To sign up for updates on Pennsylvania’s new license plates, click here . To find inspiration for your next Great American Getaway in Pennsylvania, click here . For more on how the Shapiro Administration is strengthening our democracy and promoting true freedom in Pennsylvania, click here .