Maryland Testing Digital License Plates

June 18, 2019

Two-Year Pilot to Test Technology Using Agency Fleet Vehicles

The Maryland Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Administration (MDOT MVA) is launching a two-year pilot program to test new digital license plate technology.

The state is one of the first on the East Coast to test the new digital plates, which are similar in size to traditional metal plates but have an electronic display. The plates are being tested on 20 MDOT MVA fleet vehicles and two Maryland Transportation Authority (MDTA) vehicles.

“At MDOT MVA, we are constantly evaluating emerging technologies in the transportation industry to find innovative ideas that could benefit our customers,” said Administrator Chrissy Nizer. “We are excited about the digital plate pilot and the potential of this technology to pave the way for additional customer convenience.”

MDOT MVA is working with Reviver, a digital license plate manufacturer, to test its Rplate, which includes technology that allows it to be updated electronically. For instance, instead of placing a manual sticker on a tag when renewing vehicle registration, the digital license plate can be updated automatically to display the new registration information. Digital tags also have the potential to display real-time information such as Amber Alerts and other safety information, and can display an alert if the vehicle is reported stolen.

“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.”

Maryland is the fourth state to conduct this type of pilot program with Reviver, which is providing the test plates at no cost to the state. Digital license plates are currently not legal in Maryland, but California, Michigan and Arizona do allow motorists to use them in place of traditional plates.

23 Responses to Maryland Testing Digital License Plates

  1. Kev on June 18, 2019 at 10:37 pm

    How about to cut cost, only require the use of a rear plate. Get rid of the front plate like other states.

    • Anonymous on June 19, 2019 at 3:16 am

      Agreed, front plates are stupid. They look so tacky.

    • Anonymous on June 19, 2019 at 4:45 am

      Agree, 100%

    • MD Speaks on June 19, 2019 at 10:16 am

      It is never about cutting costs! It’s to “benefit our customers”!

      …And what is your tag number buddy, so we can check up on you.

      You better have that front plate on!

    • ? on June 20, 2019 at 9:57 am

      I was under the impression that the front plates are required because the police get a better reading from their radar guns. As you are approaching them, they have a very shiny, very flat target to aim at, giving them a really good reading. Perhaps I am incorrect?

  2. scam on June 18, 2019 at 10:39 pm

    the state wants to know where you are at all times

  3. SBD on June 18, 2019 at 11:09 pm

    Can it be turned off while going through a red light/speeding camera?

    • Eye Roll on June 20, 2019 at 10:02 am

      Of course bro. I’m sure they will install a switch on the dash so that the driver can just shut it off… That wont in any way defeat 99% of the reason they want to do this. We are doomed on this planet. Please dont reproduce.

      • SBD on June 22, 2019 at 5:27 pm

        You’re right fartsniffer, we are doomed on this planet as long as we have brain dead millennials like you that can’t distinguish sarcasm from an actual feckin’ question. I was absolutely SHOCKED when I saw someone was feckin’ STUPID enough to think that was a serious question. HOLY SHI#. It’s called a joke, you know like your IQ. I would say don’t reproduce, but I hear male millennials aren’t interested in girls much or driving. What’s up with that cupcake? So next time you see an absurd statement, think to yourself, self, is it so absurd that it’s probably sarcasm? Or is it just something generally stupid like I’d say? I-knkw-you’re-slow-so-I’ll-try-to-help-you- pay attention,- example: someone starts to run, trips over their own foot, falls on their face and busts their lip.
        Comment 1- “wow you have the agility of a cheetah” – sarcasm
        Comment 2- “did that hurt”? – general stupid question like you’d ask. Here’s another joke for you – How do you keep an idiot in suspense? – I’ll tell you tomorrow.
        I ain’t your Bro.

  4. Anonymous on June 19, 2019 at 6:43 am

    Big Brother watching

  5. Rich on June 19, 2019 at 7:25 am

    Another thing that can be hacked. I think stickers should be gotten rid of anyway. When the police pull you over, they run your plates anyway. They can see if they are valid immediately.

  6. Easy$ on June 19, 2019 at 8:51 am

    Feels like an expensive answer looking for a problem.

  7. Digital Tracking for Big Bro on June 19, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Testing testing 10111011011110000.

    Ok. All done. Works!

  8. Georgia McLaughlin on June 19, 2019 at 11:29 am

    Couldn’t it be destroyed by bullets…..or any other object? Also, the way the Hackers are today…couldn’t they be changed by them? I think the “Technology” age is out pacing common sense.

  9. MV on June 19, 2019 at 12:37 pm

    How about if these plates are destroyed in accident/collision or – let’s say, by bad neighbor? How about malfunction – for example – erroneously showing “stolen”, “expired” or none, blank plate? How about cost for new or replaced plates? How about privacy? There so many problems with the digital plates I cannot to start to describe! But, hey, good luck for Maryland drivers!

  10. BIGGER on June 19, 2019 at 1:42 pm

    If they are going to go ahead and take the time to do this, they might as well make it worth their time and make them big enough to see. Why are license plates in America so inadequately sized? I have good vision, and the license plates are just hard to read. Especially since Maryland has 1,934,529 different license plate options… Make them bigger so people can actually read them. Ok, so they will have the ability to display information like an amber alert, or display a message that tells anyone following the vehicle that the vehicle is stolen, good ideas. BUT, who cares what they say if you cant effing read the message on the tiny screen

  11. Roy Wimsett on June 19, 2019 at 3:59 pm

    This will make are systems safer… But when are auto manufacturers going to add a security automobile shutdown so police can turn a automobile off.So this will end hi speed chases its becoming like a circus with all of this chases going on…

    • Anonymous on June 24, 2019 at 10:55 am

      They do. Its called OnStar.

  12. Anonymous on June 19, 2019 at 6:21 pm

    Sounds like something that will ultimately be very costly and risky for residents, and benefit only a few people working in government and for the manufacturer of this tech.

  13. Big Brother Wants To Know Everything on June 20, 2019 at 10:37 am

    So the moment your MVA payment is late, at 12:01 am, the MVA will turn your tag off remotely. Same thing for child support payments, unpaid tickets and tolls. Some will say that’s what you get. What happens when it’s revealed that this new tag enables the state to track all your driving, travel speed, daily commute, shopping errands and your vehicle location 24/7 ?

    • Cool Story Bro on June 24, 2019 at 12:52 pm

      Dont want your girl to know when you are over at Shonita’s crib? Are people really worried about vehicle tracking? Oh no, they will know that I went to Walmart 3 times this week, or the horror.

  14. Anonymous on June 20, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    Stupid and a waste of money. Big brother already invades enough. Just another way to track your every move.

    • The Watchers on June 22, 2019 at 5:28 pm

      We already do that with the phones you’re addicted to.