Florida License Plate Proposal Delayed After Outcry From Tax Collectors

Oct 23, 2012

The redesign of Florida license plates is on hold.

The Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles wants new license plates that are easier for toll booth cameras and red light cameras to read.

But the agency withdrew its request for approval by the Florida Cabinet Tuesday.

The DMV is tweaking the plan in part because of concerns by county  tax collectors that private companies will be hired to issue the new plates.

Leon County Tax Collector Doris Maloy says collectors are not against the redesign; they just don’t trust private companies to distribute the plates with the same level of customer service currently provided by the state.

“If the department wants to change Florida’s plate design and reissue 15 million new plates over the next two years, tax collectors are prepared to do so,” Maloy says.

Plus, she says a study commissioned by Florida Tax Collectors Inc. found no real cost savings to the state by outsourcing the work.

“That system would not only hurt customer service, it would cost drivers more money,” Maloy says, “and that system would provide no real benefit to the people.”

The DMV is expected to go before the Cabinet again within the next few months with a new proposal involving plate redesign and distribution.

Florida last changed the plate design  in 2003.