Michigan has now become the third state where drivers can order digital license plates for their cars. The plates, which are legal to use in all 50 states as well as Canada and Mexico, come with a monthly subscription fee between $20 and $25, depending on the model.
Reviver, the company behind these connected, electronic replacements for a simple piece of metal, have claimed a number of benefits of digital plates. Nicknamed “RPlates,” digital plates make it possible to track a car if it gets stolen. The company also says it’s easier to renew and register a digital plate than it is to get a new sticker for a current plate. In fact, digital plates don’t display any registration expiration information since, when the registration expires, the plate simply reads “invalid” until the plate has been renewed. Thanks to a cellular data connection, digital plates can also be used to display warning messages such as Amber Alerts.
Reviver has been working on digital license plates since 2009, which are also available in California. In late 2020, the company said it would bring the new plates to Michigan in 2021, with Georgia and Texas up next. That timeline obviously shifted, but Reviver said that there are “more than 10 additional U.S. states” in “various stages of adoption.” The state of Florida, for example, filed legislation to authorize Reviver’s plates in early 2021 and the Colorado House of Representatives is also working on approving the plates.
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