Probably GQ, but I expect this may thread may attract anecdotes, rants, and other mundane stuff. Besides, this is a mundane thing to start with.
My DoL (Washingtonian for DMV) renewal notices were starting to stack up, so I got online to renew my tags. I noticed my Jeep’s renewal fee was a bit high this year ($72.25), but I figured fees go up periodically. Everything was normal until a page came up that asked whether I wanted generic plates, or if I wanted new plates with the same number I already have.
Ar? I don’t want new plates. I just want to renew my tags. I started over and got to the same place. It turns out that it’s state law that the actual license plate must be replaced every seven years. The reason, they say, is that the reflective coating is only guaranteed for five years and so new plates are required to make sure everyone’s plates are shiny. They charge $20 for the new plates. (I did get to deduct the optional $5 ‘donation’ to the State Parks.) The new plate for the boat trailer was $10.
Do any other states require periodic replacement of license plates? This is the first time I’ve heard of it.