PHOENIX – In an effort to curb misuse, the Arizona Department of Transportation has introduced redesigned, bright blue license plates for usage by licensed vehicle dealers and manufacturers on current for-sale vehicle inventory. The redesigned plates hit the street April 28.
With the introduction of the redesigned plates, the previously issued dealer plates – which resembled standard Arizona desert scene license plates with a number series generally starting with “DL” – are no longer valid. All dealers in the state have been mailed the redesigned, solid blue plates with white lettering that show “Vehicle Dealer” on the bottom.
As another major change, the redesigned dealer plates will also be issued validation tabs and registrations that are valid for one year. Previously, dealer plates were issued with permanent validation tabs and registrations.
The redesigned dealer license plate is being implemented in accordance with House Bill 2372 passed during the 2013 Arizona legislative session. The change in state law now allows ADOT to more effectively manage the issuance of the vehicle dealer plate based on a process tied to vehicle sales and the type of dealership to further enhance the administration of the program.
“The Arizona Automobile Dealers Association was pleased to work with ADOT in distributing the new dealer plates,” said AADA President Bobbi Sparrow. “We’re hopeful this and other changes in dealer plate regulations will help prevent misuse of the plates. The actions of a few can negatively impact Arizona’s dealer industry as a whole and we appreciate the management of the dealer plate program by the ADOT Motor Vehicle Division.”
If someone observes what is believed to be the improper use of a dealer license plate, they may call 602.712.6270 or report the information online at azdot.gov/contact_adot/.
For any questions about the ADOT Motor Vehicle Division, please visit azdot.gov/mvd.