Raimondo proposes pushing back license plate deadline

This is a sample license plate designed proposed by Fmr. Gov. Lincoln Chafee.

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP/WPRI) — Gov. Gina Raimondo has proposed pushing back the date for issuing new license plates to between September and April 2017.

Raimondo in her budget proposed pushing back the July 1 deadline to no later than April 2017.

Officials tell The Providence Journal the delay is linked to the overhaul of the state Division of Motor Vehicles computer system. The overhaul has been fraught with delays and technical issues since it was announced in 2006. The project is expected to be completed in September.

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Rhode Island law requires new license plates every 10 years. Consultants are working on a design for the new plate. Former Gov. Lincoln Chafee unveiled a design in 2014 that was supposed to roll out last September. However, Raimondo put that on hold, saying she wanted to coordinate the new design with her $5 million tourism campaign.

Car owners will be required to switch to the new plates when their current registration expires.

 

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