Roll out of new Rhode Island license plates delayed until fall

The winner of the Rhode Island license plate was announced, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (WLNE)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — The roll out of the newly designed Rhode Island license plate will be delayed until the fall.

Gov. Dan McKee revealed the new design in April, and was expected to start distributing those plates by the beginning of July.

In a statement Tuesday, the governor’s office said, “Following the delays that the DMV has faced due to supply and production issues with 3M, the new plates will be ready in September for distribution beginning in October, which is in accordance with RI law that states owners will be issued a new, fully reflective plate beginning on July 1, 2022.”

Department of Revenue spokesman Paul Grimaldi said that “the company would need approximately 6 months lead time to produce the sheeting material and then mount it to the aluminum to create finished plates for distribution.”

He also added that the hold up is due in part to a paper shortage.

Grimaldi said, “3M informed the DMV that its envelope supplier has its own 7-month turnaround timeline to produce envelopes tailored to mailing license plates. 3M has asked the envelope vendor to move more quickly, but that vendor cannot commit to an earlier delivery date.”

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