Bill proposed by Marshall rep seeks digital license plates for Texas vehicles

Bill proposed by Marshall rep seeks digital license plates for Texas vehicles
State Representative Chris Paddie

AUSTIN, Texas (KLTV) - House Bill 1105 is being proposed by an East Texas representative to offer Texans an alternative to the usual license plate.

HB 1105, filed by Rep. Chris Paddie, R-Marshall, would let people have the option for a digital plate on the rear of their cars. They would still have a usual style plate on the front of their vehicles, the bill says.

House Bill 1107 passed in 2019, allowing only vehicles that were part of a commercial or government fleet to have the digital license plates. Private passenger vehicles were not approved.

Paddie is reintroducing his bill, this time hoping to get approval for the devices to be used on passenger vehicles.

The benefits of digital license plates are electronic vehicle registration renewal, eliminating the need for stickers or visits to the tag office. They can also display pre-approved banner messaging, such as an Amber or silver alerts. They will likely come with a small monthly fee for those who choose to use them.

This act will take effect immediately if it receives a vote of two-thirds of all the members elected to each house. If the act does not receive the vote necessary for immediate effect, the act takes effect September 1, 2021.

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