State Allows Drivers to Keep Plate Number

The in basket: A couple of people wrote in after reading the Feb. 1 Road Warrior about having to replace one’s license plates when they get to be seven years old to remind me of something that I had forgotten.
You can’t keep the old plates but there is a way you can get new plates with the same numbers, for a price.


The in basket: A couple of people wrote in after reading the Feb. 1 Road Warrior about having to replace one’s license plates when they get to be seven years old to remind me of something that I had forgotten.
You can’t keep the old plates but there is a way you can get new plates with the same numbers, for a price.
Jill Rinard wrote ” It seems like it would be easier to issue new plates with the same numbers. If they are issuing new plates with new numbers, isn’t there more work on the DOT’s end with paperwork for license number changes? Why can’t they just leave the numbers the same?”
Les, who gave no last name, wondered the same thing, and then, on his own, discovered the answer is that they can. He and another reader, Bill Rowe, said it costs $20 more to keep your plate numbers. “Not sure if I think it’s worth it or not yet,” Les added.
The out basket: The mass production and distribution of replacement plates without worrying about preserving a person’s numbers makes that the least expensive means of replacing plates, So the Department of Licensing adds $20 to cover the costs of ordering up specific replacement numbers and mailing the new plates, says Brad Benfield of the state Department of Licensing.
However, it doesn’t really cost $20 to cover those costs, “A recent fee study indicated that the actual cost to the department for the special handling and mailing of these plates is about $4.51,” Brad said. “The excess money is used to fund transportation needs in our state.”
The choice to keep one’s plate number has been available since Nov. 1, 2003, he said. Further, a person now can keep his plate number when selling a vehicle and buying a new one, for $10 extra, providing both are the same kind of vehicle, either both cars or both trucks.
The changes “will allow someone to keep their current license plate number pretty much as long as they want,” Brad said.

One thought on “State Allows Drivers to Keep Plate Number

  1. Any way you cut it, the law requiring replacement of plates every seven years is yet another way that the brain-dead politicians who voted for it can piss away the taxpayers money. In many cases, vehicles that are garaged and get 1/1000 of the exposure to UV are being required to change perfectly readable plates. Multiply the cost to manufacture and mail each plate times the number of plates being replaced every year and you come up with no small change.

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