Digital license plates are now legal in California

New technology is coming to the streets in California that lets motorists use high-tech digital license plates on their vehicles instead of the old-fashioned metal variety.

The Motor Vehicle Digital Number Plates Bill (AB 984), passed earlier this month, allows California vehicle owners to use a digital plate, specially made by California company Reviver.

Plates, which resemble bullets. Connect to an app that provides registration renewal, vehicle location services and security features – such as reporting a stolen vehicle. They are the same size and shape as traditional license plates, and give users the option to change the background color of the plate by toggling between a lighter or darker mode. Motorists can also personalize a banner message on the plate.

Users can customize banners on digital plates.


Bill’s route follows a successful pilot program in which approximately 10,000 California drivers demonstrated the new technology.

“California is known as an early adopter of emerging innovative technologies. We welcome new opportunities to automate and integrate more and more parts of our lives, allowing us to streamline mundane tasks and stay connected. It helps. Our cars are no exception,” Reviver co-founder Neville Boston said in a statement.

Digital, tablet-like license plates raise privacy and security fears – except in some cases, such as on fleet and commercial vehicles, using GPS concerns billed addresses.

Assembly member Lori D. Wilson (D-Suisun City) said, “The AB984 strikes an essential balance between innovation and privacy, digitizing the only thing on our cars today that remains the old, license plate. makes.”

According to the company, Reviver’s digital license plate costs $19.95 per month, or about $960 for four years. The installation fee is $99.

Digital plates are also legal in Michigan and Arizona, while some other states are in various stages of approving the devices.

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