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Relating to the issuance of digital license plates; authorizing a
Estimated Two-year Net Impact to General Revenue Related Funds for HB1711, Committee
Report 1st House, Substituted: an impact of $0 through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
However, an impact of ($1,458,344) to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles Fund is
anticipated through the biennium ending August 31, 2021.
The bill would make no appropriation but could provide the legal basis for an appropriation of
funds to implement the provisions of the bill.
HB 1711 would allow digital license plates (screens attached to vehicles that display a license plate) in the state. Under the bill, drivers would be allowed to place a digital license plate on the rear of the vehicle instead of a physical one. Drivers would still be required to attach a physical license plate to the front of the vehicle unless the vehicle is exempt from displaying two plates. The Texas Department of Transportation would be tasked with creating rules and standards for the attachment and display of the digital plates and would be authorized to charge fee to cover costs of digital license plate issuance that are greater than the costs for the issuance of a physical license plate.
Texas Action supports HB 1711 for promoting the principles of individual liberty and property rights. This bill would simply legalize an additional way for Texas drivers to customize their vehicles if they wish to do so.