May 17, 2022

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The Car & Automotive Devotees

Digital license plates: Florida considering internet-connected plates

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TALLAHASSEE — Floridians would be able to turn on digital license plates under a measure en route to the full House.

With lawmakers again looking to revamp the state’s license-plates program, the House Commerce Committee on Wednesday approved a measure (HB 91) that would direct the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to set up a program by July 1, 2023, that would allow motorists to move from traditional license plates to more-expensive “dynamic” screens that could display plate numbers and registration status.

The plates would have to be linked to the internet so they could be used for electronic tolling and broadcasting emergency alerts.

Digital license plates, already in use in Arizona and California, are under consideration in Florida.

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Separately, the committee backed a proposal (HB 67) that would cut the maximum number of specialty plates from 150 to 125, while allowing the pre-order process to begin on five new specialty plates: for Major League Soccer’s Inter Miami CF; to promote swimming through a Florida Swims tag; for Down Syndrome awareness; to raise awareness of gopher tortoises; and for the Take Stock in Children of Florida nonprofit program.