Check it out: The J plates are making a comeback, but not because of the inmate artists.

Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) is taking them out of rotation due to some incorrect craftsmanship.

A registration plate is deemed illegible when one or more numbers or letters cannot be recognized from 50 feet or if the registration plate shows any blistering, peeling, discoloration or loss of reflectivity. When a registration plate becomes illegible, PennDOT has two main ways of replacing them. First, the law allows PennDOT to reissue a registration plate upon request of a vehicle owner when an authorized representative of PennDOT or law enforcement determines that a registration plate is illegible. Vehicle safety inspection mechanics are authorized representatives of PennDOT and may determine if a registration plate is legible.

If your license plate starts with the letters DEFGHJ or Y, you can

* To apply for a free replacement of your current registration plate, the vehicle owner should print Form MV-46, “Application for Replacement of Illegible Registration Plate,” obtained from PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website at and taking it to either a law enforcement official or a certified inspection station to verify the need for a replacement due to illegibility. The vehicle owner is then responsible for signing and returning the completed Form MV-46 to PennDOT in order to receive a replacement registration plate free of charge.


* stop by Autobahn Title & Tag OR ANY TITLE AND TAG for a swift replacement.

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