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Frequently asked questions about the new licence plate

Why are all licence plates being replaced?
What does the new plate look like?
How do I get a new plate?
When do I need to get a new plate?
Is there a cost to replace my plate?
Will I be issued the same licence plate number?
My plate doesn't look damaged or worn. Does it still need to be replaced?
I just got a new plate. Do I still need to replace it?
I have a trailer plate. Does it need to be replaced?
I have a personalized plate. Does it need to be replaced?
I have a veterans/dealership/transporter plate. Does it need to be replaced?
Can I keep my existing plate as a souvenir?


Q. Why are all licence plates being replaced?


A. Licence plates are an important tool for law enforcement in keeping Island roads safe. There are currently five different plates being used, some of them more than 20 years old. Plates lose their reflectivity and can appear black at night. This is a safety issue that local law enforcement has asked the department to address.
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Q. What does the new plate look like?


A. The design of the plate can be seen here. 2014 is the 150th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference. This new plate demonstrates PEI's unique place in history as the Birthplace of Confederation by showcasing historic Province House.
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Q. How do I get a new plate?

A. You can receive your new plate by visiting any Access PEI site or by requesting one when renewing your vehicle registration online.
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Q. When do I need to get a new plate?

A. The new plates will begin to be issued in September. Vehicle owners will have a year to replace their existing plates and can do so by visiting any Access PEI site or by requesting one when renewing their vehicle registration online.
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Q. Is there a cost to replace my plate?


A. Anyone who has purchased a licence plate within one year of the newly-designed plate being issued will receive the new plate at no cost. For every other plate, there is a nominal fee of $5.
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Q. Will I be issued the same licence plate number?

A. Unless a driver has a personalized plate, the new licence plate will not have the same number as a driver's existing plates.
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Q. My plate doesn't look damaged or worn. Does it still need to be replaced?

A. Yes. Even though a plate may not look damaged, the reflectivity may no longer be effective. This makes it difficult for law enforcement to be able to see the letters and numbers, particularly at night.
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Q. I just got a new plate. Do I still need to replace it?

A. Yes, although anyone who has purchased a licence plate within one year of the newly-designed plate being issued will receive the new plate at no cost.
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Q. I have a trailer plate. Does it need to be replaced?

A. Trailer plates expire every five years. Once your plate registration has expired, you will need to replace it with a newly-designed plate at that time.
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Q. I have a personalized plate. Does it need to be replaced?

A. Yes, personalized plates will need to be replaced and will be at no charge as they are surcharged annually.
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Q. I have a veterans/dealership/transporter plate. Does it need to be replaced?

A. No. These specialty designs for the plates for veterans, automobile dealerships and transporter plates will remain unchanged.
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Q. Can I keep my existing plate as a souvenir?

A. Yes, provided it is no longer valid.
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