Jul 26, 2014
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UROCKCT: Conn. License Plates Will Contain 7 Characters Next Year

A $26 million DMV computer upgrade will open up a multitude of new 'vanity plate' combinations. How about NVERLA8 or for me maybe L8ASUSL. Either way, ILOVEIT.

UROCKCT: Conn. License Plates Will Contain 7 Characters Next Year


In Connecticut, UCANDO7 starting next year– seven characters, that is, on a license plate.

The state has approved a $26 million upgrade to the Department of Motor Vehicles’ computer system, which will allow for seven characters on license plates starting early next year, according to the Hartford Courant.

The move will open up many more combinations for so-called “vanity” plates, special license plates car owners request that can contain abbreviated slogans, knicknames or statements of belief.

It will also create greater revenues for the DMV, a spokesman told the Courant, because more people will be able to buy the more costly vanity plates. Currently, the DMV charges as much as $148 for vanity plates. That fee is on top of the regular costs of registering a vehicle.

The change will also open up untold new combinations of attempts at license plate lewdness, DMV spokesman William Seymour told the Courant. The agency currently maintains a list of more than 900 rejected vanity plate requests because they are considered “offensive to a reasonable person.”

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