MDOT MVA to test digital license plate technology in Maryland

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Posted at 10:30 AM, Jun 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 06:58:17-04

GLEN BURNIE, Md. — Maryland drivers may be driving with different license plates in the future as the Maryland Department of Transportation MVA is launching a two-year pilot program to test the use of digital license plate technology.

The plates are being tested on 20 MDOT MVA fleet vehicles and two Maryland Transportation Authority vehicles. The state is one of the first on the East Coast to test them and the fourth state to conduct the pilot program.

Currently the digital plates are not legal in the state of Maryland, but California, Michigan and Arizona allow motorists to use them in place of traditional plates.

“We are very pleased to work with the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration to help make Maryland one of the first states in the Northeast to pilot digital license plates, highlighting Maryland’s progressive approach to simplifying the registration process,” said Neville Boston, co-founder and chief executive officer of Reviver. “We look forward to partnering with the state to leverage the vast potential digital license plates offer for future innovation.”

MDOT MVA is working with Reviver, a digital license plate manufacturer to test the technology. The use of digital license plates will allow information to be updated automatically. For example, instead of placing a sticker on a tag when renewing registration, the digital license plate can be updated automatically to display the new registration information. The new technology also has the potential to display real-time information such as Amber Alerts and other safety information.