REFERENCE TITLE: license plate issuance; replacement; design




State of Arizona


Fifty-second Legislature

Second Regular Session




SB 1491


Introduced by

Senator Worsley: Representative Gray





amending section 28-2351, Arizona Revised Statutes; relating to license plates.





Be it enacted by the Legislature of the State of Arizona:

Section 1.  Section 28-2351, Arizona Revised Statutes, is amended to read:

START_STATUTE28-2351.  License plate provided; design; plate replacement

A.  The department shall provide to every owner one license plate for each vehicle registered.  Beginning January 1, 2018, the department may require that each license plate that is issued by the department, except a license plate that is issued pursuant to article 12, 13 or 14 of this chapter, be replaced every seven years by a new license plate that is issued by the department.  At the request of the owner and on payment of any required fee, the department shall provide either one or two license plates for a vehicle for which a special plate is requested pursuant to this chapter, except that the department shall provide one license plate if the special plate is issued pursuant to section 28‑2416 or 28‑2416.01.

B.  The license plate shall display the number assigned to the vehicle and to the owner of the vehicle and the name of this state, which may be abbreviated.  The director shall coat the license plate with a reflective material that is consistent with the determination of the department regarding the color and design of license plates and special plates.  The director shall design the license plate and the letters and numerals on the license plate to be of sufficient size to be plainly readable during daylight from a distance of one hundred feet.  In addition to the standard license plate issued for a trailer before August 12, 2005, the director shall issue a license plate for trailers that has a design that is similar to the standard size license plate for trailers but that is the same size as the license plate for motorcycles.  The trailer owner shall notify the department which size license plate the owner wants for the trailer.

C.  Notwithstanding any other law, the department shall not contract with a nongovernmental entity to purchase or secure reflective material for the plates issued by the department unless the department has made a reasonable effort to secure qualified bids or proposals from as many individual responsible respondents as possible.

D.  The department shall determine the color and design of the license plate.  If the department requires that the license plate be replaced and a new license plate be issued pursuant to subsection A of this section, the department shall change the color and design of the new LICENSE PLATE.  All other plates issued by the department, except the plates issued pursuant to sections 28‑2404, 28‑2412, 28‑2413, 28‑2414, 28‑2416, 28‑2416.01, 28‑2417 through 28‑2455, 28‑2472, 28‑2473, 28‑2474, 28‑2475 and 28‑4533 and article 14 of this chapter, shall be the same color as and similar in design to the license plate as determined by the department.

E.  A passenger motor vehicle rented without a driver shall receive the same type of license plate as issued for a private passenger motor vehicle. END_STATUTE