Louisiana To Reshuffle Letters, Numbers On License Plates

BATON ROUGE (AP) — The state of Louisiana is running low on the mix of letters and numbers that go on license plates.

         Stephen Campbell, commissioner of the state Office of Motor Vehicles, tells The Advocate’s Will Sentell at some point you are going to run out of numerical combinations.

         That point is less than a year away, officials said, so plans are in place to redo the formula.

         "Our sequence now is letter, letter, letter and number, number, number," said State Police Lt. J.B. Slaton.

         "We think in the next 12 months, the next year, we anticipate rotating the sequence and changing it to number, number, number and letter, letter, letter, which should give us another 20 years to issue those configurations," he said.

         Exactly when the change will begin is unclear. Slaton said it could be as soon as eight months from now.

         The state has about four million registered cars and trucks.

         It offers roughly 250 prestige plates, such as those for LSU — a longtime top seller — plus the Saints and a wide range of causes, which get some of the proceeds.

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