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December 2012


Inconsistencies in the design of license plates across jurisdictions can cause Automated License Plate Readers (ALPRs) to misread plates. “The lack of national standards does significantly impair law enforcement’s effectiveness to do its work and protect the people of this country,” said Lt. Col. Thomas Fresenius, New York State Police, during the webinar. Fresenius said that ALPRs are especially important in routine traffic stops and border patrol, and that improvements to accuracy could increase effectiveness by 2.5 times.

The working group proposed concrete improvements for the standardization of license design. Sheila Prior, regional director for AAMVA, listed several recommendations, including that plate frames and covers be prohibited, that all plates be retro-reflective and use opaque ink, and that all standard vehicles use two plates. “The ultimate objective of these guidelines is to provide for uniformity in design and manufacture of plates that will better enable law enforcement and other agencies that need to read the plates to do so,” Prior said.

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To watch the ALPR webinar, visit AAMVA’s webinar archives.