Paper Plates: New Temporary Tags from Texas DMV Embedded with Security Features

The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles announced the redesign of its temporary paper tags to combat counterfeit plates and fraud.

On Monday night, Grand Prairie police officer Brandon Tsai died in a crash with another police cruiser while chasing a car with fake paper license tags.

While police continue to search for the offending driver, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has announced the upcoming deployment of redesigned temporary tags to reduce fraudulent tag use as seen in Monday’s incident. 

“With the support of our law enforcement partners, The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles is setting a new standard for temporary tag security and design,” TxDMV Executive Director Daniel Avitia said. The tags—to be issued starting December 9—feature embedded data and text linked to law enforcement databases, and can be created only by internal TxDMV computer systems. 

They also have “active and passive security features” identifiable by law enforcement.

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