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An interim Legislative committee is studying whether there will be an increase in driver’s license and vehicle registration fees.

"Right now, our understanding is we're losing money on it," said Interim Government Finance Committee chairman Sen. Ronald Sorvaag (R-Fargo). "Should the taxpayers subsidize the cost of you renewing your driver's license?"

The Committee study was contained in the Department of Transportation's budget bill.

"I think we're subsidizing the plates by $5, or something like that," said Sen. Gary Lee (R-Casselton). "Should we be doing that?"

'Single License Plate' bill rejected

Jan 12, 2017

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The House has rejected a measure to allow cars and trucks to only have one license plate, instead of two.

Supporters had argued it would save money. They also said 19 other states only require a rear plate. Opponents argue law enforcement wants two plates to make it easier to identify the owners – and they say it may increase costs for petroleum marketers, who will have to add a number of surveillance cameras to detect drive-offs. Supporters of the measure, however, reject those arguments.

A state lawmaker thinks passenger cars and truck should only need one license plate, not two.

Rep. Mark Owens (R-Grand Forks) has introduced a bill for the 2017 Legislature to require only a rear plate. Owens said several other states now only require one license plate – in the back of the car. and some automobile manufacturers do not even have a place on the front to put a plate.

Owens also points to specialty vehicles – like motorcycles and ATVs – that only have one plate.

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Starting this month – North Dakota drivers who have to renew their car licenses – or who buy a new car and need license plates – will get new plates.

“It's been 23 years since the last plate was issued here in the state of North Dakota,” said State Transportation director Grant Levi.

New license plates to be issued in ND -- by 2017

Aug 5, 2013

It’s been years since North Dakota has had a new license plate issue.

But the 2013 Legislature set aside some money for new license plates.

As Prairie Public’s Dave Thompson reports, the process for issuing new plates is not an easy one.

“It has been  21 years since the state issued a new license plate," said Linda Butts, the deputy director for driver and vehicle services for the North Dakota Department of Transportation. “The reality is – many of the staff at DOT who were on board for that implementation have retired.”