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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

7-Character Vanity Plates Available

The state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) announced today that for the first time it will offer customers seven-character vanity plates for their vehicles.

The change opens up more combinations of special letters and numbers than previously possible.

“This is a great opportunity for all those who want new and different plates with a customized touch of seven characters,” said DMV Commissioner Melody A. Currey. “We see this as another of DMV’s improvements in customer services and responding to customer requests for this kind of plate.”

Customers can immediately look at ct.gov/dmv/vanitylkup to see if a desired seven-character plate is now available, the DMV said.

Regular and special program plates are listed there. In addition, those with special non-profit organization plates can also obtain the new seven-character vanity plates and need to contact their organization’s DMV liaison to order one.

The fee remains the same for this new style of vanity plate and must be submitted with the completed application form. The cost is $94 to order a vanity plate in state’s standard light blue background with dark blue letters and numbers. The fee can be paid with a check or money order made payable to “DMV.”

A new form is posted at ct.gov/dmv/splplateform and is also on the DMV website. It is called Special Order Plate Application, M-22, Revised 8-13. Only that form mailed to the DMV will be accepted, the department said.

Older forms cannot be used. The postmark will serve as the priority rank for awarding a combination requested. The completed form and vanity plate fee must be mailed to DMV, Special Plate Unit, 60 State St., Wethersfield, CT 06161-0504. Dropped off forms will be not accepted.

Until today, Connecticut’s license plates allowed for a maximum of six numbers, letters or combinations of both with the option of a dot. Customer demand and changes in computer technology now allow DMV to meet requests for vanity plates with an additional letter or number, teh DMV said.

Customers, whose orders will be filled on a first-come, first serve basis, can apply for this new format of vanity plates on the newly created DMV application. See ct.gov/dmv/vanityrules for more information about combinations accepted.


Posted 08/27/13 at 05:06 PM  Permalink


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In November 1998 I asked then DMV commissioner Jose Salinas about expanding to seven or more characters. He said their “systems” couldn’t handle it (it sounded like it was related to everything from police departments, town assessors, and other agencies. He even kidded that his wife wanted a seven digit plate. I’ve been waiting for this since then.

Posted by Matt Murray on August 28, 2013 at 02:32 AM | #