California considering electronic license plates
September 9, 2013
A bill that passed the California legislature last week would create a pilot program introducing electronic license plates that authorities could remotely access. [Mashable]
Electronic license plates are not yet in circulation in the U.S., but states such as New Jersey and South Carolina are also considering introducing them.
SB 806, introduced by San Diego Democratic Senator Ben Hueso, would allow the Department of Motor Vehicles to issue electronic license plates to .5 percent of registered motorists until January 1, 2017.
If Governor Jerry Brown signs the bill, DMV officials will have access to technology that will allow them to remotely post alerts on license plates indicating the car has been stolen or the driver is uninsured or has a suspended license.
Opponents of the bill raise privacy concerns, while supporters suggest electronic license plate implementation would save money by eliminating the cost of mailing license plate tags.