OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. — Quick facts:
- Oklahoma drivers will receive new license plates starting in 2017.
- The new plates will require proof of insurance and registration.
- The state will likely create a new license plate design as well.
Governor Mary Fallin signed a bill into law facilitating new license plates for every Oklahoma driver.
Drivers will begin receiving new plates in 2017.
The state created a new design.
To acquire a new plate, drivers must show proof of registration and insurance. Law enforcement officers are able to quickly and easily identify non-compliant drivers, who will have an older plate design.
Oklahoma Safety Council Executive Director Dave Koeneke said issuing new plates was also an important road safety issue, as the state's current plates are two years past their warranty. The reflective sheeting on many of them may be deteriorating, making them hard to see at night.
Koeneke said the Oklahoma Safety Council pushed for the measure because of its positive effects on public safety and its ability to reduce the rate of uninsured motorists and non-compliance for vehicle registration. Legislative staff estimates $4 million in additional state revenue from increased registration compliance as a result of the new license plates being issued.
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