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WV License Plates Receive Facelift

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. -West Virginia is switching to flat license plates that are digitally printed rather than embossed.

Division of Motor Vehicles officials say the new plates are cheaper to produce and more legible than the state's existing embossed plates. They're also more environmentally friendly because they don't have to be painted.

Retired Division of Motor Vehicles commissioner Joe Miller says the move is expected to save the state at least $600,000 a year.

Acting DMV commissioner Steve Dale says the state also is dropping its use of a number or first letter system to identify the expiration month. Instead, a plate's decal will indicate the expiration month. The decal's color will indicate the year.

Dale says the production of digital plates is more environmentally friendly because they don't have to be painted.

Plates are made by West Virginia Correctional Industries at the Mount Olive Correctional Complex.

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