BUCKS COUNTY − August 10, 2023 − Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) and Representative Tina Davis (D-141) announced they will be hosting an event to assist constituents replace hard to read license plates.  The event, in partnership with the Bristol Township Police Department, will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd at the Bristol Township Municipal Complex from 4-7pm.

“Our roads are safest when vehicles are regularly inspected and easily identifiable,” said Senator Santarsiero. “We are happy to partner with Bristol Township Police to get the paperwork completed for hard to read license plates so they can be replaced for free.”

During the event, a police officer will evaluate whether a license plate is hard to read and sign off on the necessary paperwork to receive a free replacement from the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT).  Individuals are asked to sign up for a 10-minute drive thru appointment time by RSVPing on Senator Santarsiero’s website

“Most drivers likely don’t think about their license plate on a regular basis, so I am hopeful this event can help raise awareness about hard to read license plates and assist drivers in getting a free replacement plate and avoiding fines,” said Representative Davis.

A license 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.  PennDOT will replace an illegible license plate for free with a completed Form MV-46, which must be signed off on by a law enforcement officer or certified inspection station, verifying the need for the replacement due to illegibility.  The vehicle owner must then send the completed form in to PennDOT in order to receive the replacement plate.

If a ticket is issued, the fine for an illegible license plate is $100.

The event will be held on Wednesday, August 23rd from 4-7pm in the parking lot of the Bristol Township Municipal Complex at 2501 Bath Road in Bristol, PA.

Additional information on illegible license plate replacement can be found on the PennDOT website.

Questions about the event can be directed to Senator Santarsiero’s office at 215-497-9490.


Hard to Read License Plate Replacement Clinic 2023