- Associated Press - Monday, December 12, 2016

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (AP) - Nebraska will be changing the way it numbers farm and commercial license plates to reduce the chances that residents will receive erroneous notices about fines and parking tickets.

The change will eliminate about 500,000 duplicate plate numbers, the Grand Island Independent (https://bit.ly/2hvzJen ) reported. Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles Director Rhonda Lahm said commercial and farm license plates with a county numerical designation will have an alpha character added to the end of the plate number.

The change will start with 2017 license plates. If residents are renewing plates online, they won’t receive the same plate number they’ve had.

“You cannot request a specific plate number when renewing online. You will receive the next plate that will be available,” Hall County Treasurer Peg Pesek said. “If you would like to receive your current license plate number, you should either renew it through the mail or visit our motor vehicle office. If you renew online and a new plate is issued and you want your current number, there will be a fee to process the change.”

Pesek added that the plate change does not affect passenger vehicle plates.

Current farm and commercial license plates are only numerical sequences, which can be the same sequence on multiple plate types. With the increased use of electronic tolling and parking enforcement comes a greater risk of state vehicle owners mistakenly receiving a ticket.

“The license plates changes are a proactive step we are taking to protect Nebraskans,” Lahm said. “We want to ensure all reasonable steps are taken to prevent Nebraskans from unwanted consequences.”

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Information from: The Grand Island Independent, https://www.theindependent.com


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