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Arizona License Plates Go Digital

Posted at 3:08 PM, Jan 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-25 17:08:34-05

The days of prisoners making license plates in jail are coming to an end. Arizona drivers now have the option to ride with electronic license plates.

The plates, called Rplate Digital License Plates, are LTE wireless connected devices similar to a tablet.

On these new plates the license plate number will be constantly displayed, and the technology allows for added messages such as “invalid,” “stolen” and other notifications if needed.

According to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), the modernized technology has been tested out statewide over the past year on the number of its fleet vehicles.

ADOT officials say the experiment was also to determine how well these electronic plates would hold up during weather conditions such as heat and rain.

ADOT also collaborated with the Arizona Department of Public Safety (ADS) to ensure that the look of the plate and its messaging capabilities conform to legal requirements and law enforcement best practices.

While use of the Rplate is now authorized by the ADOT Motor Vehicle Division and ADS, it’s not available at Motor Vehicle Services (MVD) or Authorized Third Party offices. 

Motorists who wish to buy the plate must purchase through participating resellers, including vehicle dealerships, professional auto service providers, or the plate manufacturer, Reviver Auto.

The plate’s cost is determined by the manufacturer, and MVD does not receive any proceeds from sales.

For more information on how to order your new digital license plate, click here.