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State legislators to host license plate replacement event


Sen. Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Rep. Tina Davis (D-141) will host an event, in partnership with the Bristol Township Police Department, to help constituents replace hard to read license plates.

The event will be held from 4-7 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 23, in the parking lot of the Bristol Township Municipal Complex, 2501 Bath Road, Bristol.

“Our roads are safest when vehicles are regularly inspected and easily identifiable,” said Santarsiero. “We are happy to partner with Bristol Township Police to get the paperwork completed for hard to read license plates so they can be replaced for free.”

During the event, a police officer will evaluate whether a license plate is hard to read and sign off on the necessary paperwork to receive a free replacement from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT). Individuals are asked to sign up for a 10-minute drive-through appointment time by RSVPing on Santarsiero’s website.

“Most drivers likely don’t think about their license plate on a regular basis, so I am hopeful this event can help raise awareness about hard to read license plates and assist drivers in getting a free replacement plate and avoiding fines,” said Davis.

A license plate is deemed illegible when one or more numbers or letters cannot be recognized from 50 feet or if the registration plate shows any blistering, peeling, discoloration or loss of reflectivity. PennDOT will replace an illegible license plate for free with a completed Form MV-46, which must be signed off on by a law enforcement officer or certified inspection station, verifying the need for the replacement due to illegibility. The vehicle owner must then send the completed form in to PennDOT in order to receive the replacement plate.

If a ticket is issued, the fine for an illegible license plate is $100.

Additional information on illegible license plate replacement can be found on the PennDOT website.

Questions about the event can be directed to Santarsiero’s office at 215-497-9490.

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