PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — License plate designs in Rhode Island could soon change and it could come at nearly triple the cost to taxpayers.
Tuesday night, the Rhode Island Senate voted on a bill to have all “WAVE” license plates replaced beginning later this year.
The measure was approved 27 to 8.
The bill would change the price of a license plate from $6, set in place 20 years ago, to $15.
Supporters of the bill say the change would ensure all drivers are keeping plates legal and up to date.
Sen. Louis DiPalma, D-Middletown, is one of the bill’s main supporters and says the price change is due to the increased cost of processing.
“The cost of the material, the cost of aluminum. The cost of the process, the cost of the materials over time has escalated, but really it’s more of the process. Can we bring that cost down? I think we can. That is something the state will have to work on in terms of the actual cost of the plates,” DiPalma said in a Senate hearing Tuesday night.
The bill calls for new plates to be issued starting Dec. 1, a month earlier than mandated under current law.
The change would happen as each vehicle’s registration needs to be renewed and would take two years to complete.