Policy Position on License Plates

License plates serve one common purpose; to identify motor vehicles. Across jurisdictions, they also identify vehicle registrants and demonstrate compliance with motor vehicle registration laws. Through the use of bright, reflective surfaces, license plates contribute to highway safety and law enforcement efforts by making the vehicle more visible.  

AAMVA supports the horizontal display of a front and rear plate and the uniform manufacture and design of plates, to increase the effective and efficient identification of license plates. Jurisdictions are encouraged to adopt the best practices identified in AAMVA’s License Plate Reader Program Best Practices Guide.   

The use of common characteristics and predictable designs on license plates will enhance readability, usability, and connections to vehicle registration records. It will also support law enforcement efforts and highway safety, and may increase certain revenue collection which is dependent upon license plate identification, such as toll collection and parking regulations.

[Amended 2020]