Can you explain why the new license plates don't appear to have an expiration date? Will all plates be the same color?
We contacted the Dept. of Vehicle & Drivers’ Licensing and found out the following:
The coupons have a life span of five (5) years, therefore there is no need to change coupons every time a vehicle licence is renewed. The current information that is on the coupon is the date of issue, if we were to place the expiry date based on the RFID chip in the coupon, then we would have to continually change coupon at every transaction, thus wasting valuable customer and staff time as well as good value for money.
Expiration dates can be found on the vehicle's logbook as opposed to the sticker itself. A person can register their vehicles for 3, 6, 12 or 24 months renewal, and then again, there is the option to renew on-line once you acquire an ESID number from the DVDL.
All of the plates have a white background, depicting three stars which represents the three islands and a logo of a green sea turtle honouring our seafaring industry of the past.
Private vehicles (cars and trucks) have black letters, rental vehicles have green letters and public transport vehicles letters are red, while we’ve retained the blue lettering for handicapped vehicles.
The process is going good so far, but we impress upon the public that if they have any temporary plates on their vehicles for them to contact our Department at Crewe Road for an immediate change out at no cost. These customers are reminded to also bring the temporary registration plates, windshield coupon (if not expired), and the Log Book with them, when collecting the new registration plates.