License plate production caught up after eliminating aluminum supply-chain delay

Plates are being produced, delivered in regular time frame

PHOENIX – Following a temporary halt in license plate production because of an aluminum supply-chain issue, the Arizona Department of Transportation Motor Vehicle Division is again producing and delivering license plates to Arizonans in the normal timeframe.

License plate production crews worked weekends and double shifts to quickly eliminate the backlog and minimize delays for customers. Customers with questions can visit an MVD office or call MVD at 602-255-0072.

In May, an aluminum-supply chain issue temporarily halted license plate production when MVD’s longtime license plate vendor, Arizona Correctional Industries, a branch of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry, did not receive a scheduled delivery of aluminum. MVD and its vendors worked quickly to secure aluminum from another source and resume production of license plates.

Various industries have been constrained by a shortage of materials, including aluminum, over the past several months and at least two other states have experienced license plate production issues because of a lack of aluminum.