May 23, 2019

Chickadee design license plates set to arrive on July 1

AUGUSTA — In preparation for the introduction of the chickadee design license plate, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles is reminding vehicle owners who want to keep their current license plate numbers to reserve them before July 1, 1999.

On that date the new chickadee license plates will begin to be distributed to registrants, and the new plates will be made available to motorists a few weeks before their current registration expires. It will take a full year for all motorists to receive their new plates.

The forms to retain a current license plate number are available at any Bureau of Motor Vehicles branch and at municipal offices that handle vehicle registrations, said Secretary of State Dan Gwadosky.

A $15 fee is required and a copy of current registration must be included with the reservation form. The statutory fee is intended to cover the cost of producing and handling the plate out of sequence. In the case of vanity plate holders, the $15 reservation fee will be credited toward the next renewal of their plates. More than 68,000 people have already reserved their plate number.

Those who do not want to reserve their curent plate number will be issued a chickadee plate bearing the next available number at no additional charge.

For information contact the BMV at 624-9000 or visit

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