West Virginia is switching to digital license plates that are cheaper to produce and more legible than embossed plates.
Retired Division of Motor Vehicles commissioner Joe Miller tells the Charleston Daily Mail that the move is expected to save the state at least $600,000 a year.
Acting DMV commissioner Steve Dale says the state also is dropping its use of a number or first letter system to identify the expiration month. Instead, a plate’s decal will indicate the expiration month. The decal’s color will indicate the year.
Dale says the production of digital plates is more environmentally friendly because they don’t have to be painted.
Plates are made by West Virginia Correctional Industries at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex.