In the July 30 edition of the Daily Journal, the Other Voices item “Electronic license plates need far more vetting” by Riverside Press-Enterprise” suggested the idea of digital license plates should have more vetting. I totally agree.
The DMV already supports online registration renewals and electronic transmission of smog test results. Police cars are equipped with computers with which officers check for stolen vehicle and registered owner reports. I think that it would be very easy for the DMV to share registration information with law enforcement through a database. While they consider that, why not include current status of insurance as well?
Not only would they save on the cost of postage and paper registrations as noted in the article; the police would have all that information before even approaching the car, saving time during the stop. This idea eliminates the expense of purchasing and maintaining digital license plates (sorry, vendor!) and eliminates the concerns about tracking opportunities and other privacy issues.