‘Ask Evan’: “Why doesn’t PennDOT replace license plates every few years?”

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This week's 'Ask Evan question comes from Butch K.  Butch asks, "Recently I noted my brother in law's license plate was really beat up and faded and I looked at mine and it too was faded and worn. That got me thinking that we haven't gotten a new license plate in PA for a number of years.  I recall that we used to get a new one it seemed like every few years.  Has there been a change in the frequency of getting new license plates from the Commonwealth?"

Here's the information I got from PennDOT.  Nearly 20 years ago PennDOT undertook a massive effort to replace all of the yellow and blue background registration plates and transitioned the commonwealth to the 'family of plates' design concept.

As far as getting a new license plate- the old school way of reissuing plates was a high cost program.  In January of 2018, PennDOT began a targeted registration license plate re-issuance for older Pennsylvania license plates that may be weathered, damaged, or unreadable.   Owners of standard-issue passenger plates that start with the license plate configuration of `D`, `E`, `F`-- and truck plates that start with `Y` will get a free new registration plate the next time their plate is transferred to a different vehicle.

You can also apply for a free new license plate by visiting an official Pennsylvania inspection station to verify the plate is illegible.  You'll get a PennDOT MV-46 form to send in.  You can also have a police officer verify the plate is bad and send in a MV-44 form.  Both forms are available on PennDOT's website.

If you have questions you'd like to ask send an email to AskEvan@FOX43.com.  Put 'Ask Evan' in the subject line.  You can also reach out to me on Facebook at Evan Forrester FOX43.  Whatever the topic I'll do my best to track down answers you are looking for.


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