Florida license plates may be going digital in the near future

Florida lawmakers are pushing to make digital license plates publicly available as early as next summer.

On Wednesday, members of the Senate Transportation Committee advanced a bill for digital license plates being backed by Pensacola Senator Doug Broxson.

Senate bill SB/1178/HB91 would allow the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles to make digital license plates street legal starting July 1, 2023.

The idea for the digital plates began as a pilot program in the state in 2012. The bill would refocus the program to research and test digital plates in the state for six months on government owned vehicles from contractors like Reviver and Airplate. Senator Broxson talked about the many benefits it would provide for Florida residents.

“A digital license plate provides unique protections. If your tag is stolen or damaged it is immediately reported. Renewals would not have to go through the tag office, it would renew automatically. It has the ability to demonstrate Amber Alerts and other alerts on the back,” said Broxson.

Critics are concerned about possible privacy issues for Florida drivers.

California and Arizona have already given the thumbs up for digital plates and several other states across the country are also testing them on the roads.

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