After a tumultuous design revision process, the Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles says they’re ready to start re-issuing the Share the Road license plate.
The plate was approved by the Legislature in the 2008 session and was supposed to be made available on January 1st, 2008. However, due to a misunderstanding between the plate’s designer and the DMV, the plate was put on hold while design issues were dealt with.
The plate was eventually redesigned in a way that all parties could agree on, and now the DMV says they’re back in business.
According to Debi Mercer, Legislative and Progams Analyst with the DMV, they ordered the new plates last Friday and have already started contacting the 174 existing plate owners. “We’re asking folks to send us at least one of the plates back,” she said from her office in Salem this morning, “they can keep one as a souvenir if they’d like.”
Mercer added that the DMV has included a postage-paid envelope with the letter and they will re-issue plates (with the same letters) as they are returned (people have 45 days to send it back).
The new plates will start being sent out on April 8th and Mercer says they’ll fill the nearly 300 existing backorders immediately with hopes to be all caught up by May.
Mercer says they’re currently taking orders for the new plate. You can see the new design and get information on how to order it, via the Oregon DMV website.