DMV: Rhode Island has ‘love affair’ with vanity license plates

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Would you shell out an extra $100 per year just to have your own customized license plate? If so, you’re not alone.

Rhode Island drivers, it seems, have what a top-ranking official with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) called a “love affair” with vanity license plates. More than three percent of vehicles registered in Rhode Island have vanity plates, compared to just a 1.5 percent rate in neighboring Massachusetts.

DMV administrator Tony Silva said, on average, the department processes close to 5,000 new requested every year. Records show that 27,000 Rhode Islanders have vanity plates, and that the special plates pump around $2.75 million into the state’s general fund every year.

Eyewitness News reporter Kelly Sullivan spoke with the DMV, as well as several local vanity plate owners. To watch the interesting special report in its entirety, click play on the video above.

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