DIGITALLY PRINTED PLATES West Virginia Switching To Digitally Printed License Plates
Reported by: Associated Press
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Jan. 21, 2013 10:08 AM EST
Eyewitness News Photo
, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
West Virginia is switching to flat license plates that are digitally printed rather than embossed.
Division of Motor Vehicles officials said the new plates are cheaper to produce and more legible than the state's existing embossed plates. They're also more environmentally friendly because they don't have to be painted.
Retired DMV commissioner Joe Miller told the Charleston Daily Mail that the move is expected to save the state at least $600,000 a year.
Acting DMV commissioner Steve Dale said the state also is dropping its use of a number or first letter system to identify the expiration month. Instead, a plate's decal will indicate the expiration month. The decal's color will indicate the year.
Plates are made by West Virginia Correctional Industries at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex.
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