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The District's licence plates will soon read "District of Columbia," instead of "Washington, D.C."
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The District's licence plates will soon read "District of Columbia," instead of "Washington, D.C."

License plates in the nation's capital will soon say "District of Columbia" instead of "Washington, D.C."

Mayor Vincent Gray ordered the change over the weekend. The switch won't be in effect right away for tags in general circulation.

A spokesperson for the mayor says the change follows legal and historical precedent. The District of Columbia is the legal name of the city. The license plates read "District of Columbia" through much of the 20th century before being changed in the 1960s.

The plates also include the slogan "Taxation Without Representation" to reflect the fact that District residents have no voting representatives in Congress. President Obama revived the practice of putting the plates on the presidential limousine just last month.

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