License plates; replacement of certain. (HB235)

Introduced By

Sen. John Cosgrove (R-Chesapeake)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Replacement of certain license plates. Provides that when any person who has registered a vehicle with the Department shows to the satisfaction of the Commissioner that the license plates issued for display on another vehicle registered with the Department have a combination of letters and numbers sufficiently similar to the combination of letters and numbers of the license plates issued for display on his vehicle that law-enforcement agencies and toll facility operators have frequently and repeatedly mistakenly identified his vehicle as being in violation of law or as having failed to pay a toll, the Commissioner must cancel the license plates of the vehicle that was actually involved with the violation of law or failure to pay a toll and issue new license plates for that vehicle with a substantially different combination of letters and numbers. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


12/28/2007Prefiled and ordered printed; offered 01/09/08 083463472
12/28/2007Referred to Committee on Transportation
01/14/2008Assigned Transportation sub: 3
02/07/2008Continued to 2009 in Transportation


Waldo Jaquith writes:

Good idea.

Tim McCormack writes:

Summary: If
1) I violate traffic laws and regulations,
2) My license plate is very similar to yours, and
3) Your vehicle is often mistaken for mine due to that similarity,

1) My license plate is changed to something very different, and
2) I pay for the change.

Tim McCormack writes:

Never mind Consequences #2 -- I misread the bill. It is not clear that any individual foots the bill for the plate change.