New Alberta License Plates Delayed

Posted by: Kenny Chan onMarch 4th, 2009

The Alberta Government was set to unveil new license plates this year as we are due to run out of possible combinations using the existing plates. The new plates will incorporate a new visual theme of either mountains or wild roses and a new slogan. However, we will have to wait a little longer to see the new plates because the new plates will not be unveiled this year.

“It simply doesn’t make sense to me to commit millions of dollars to replace all plates in the province this year,” said Service Alberta Minister Heather Klimchuk. “However, it was very clear during our consultation that Albertans are very interested in their licence plate and would like to see the design updated. We plan to meet that commitment, when the time is right.”

The Government will wait until economic conditions improve to unveil the new license plates as it simply does not make sense to spend millions of dollars at this time. Instead, when all the plate combinations runs out this summer, a fourth digit will be added creating a new 7 digit (ABC-1234) plate configuration.

So I guess we’ll have to wait for $75-80 oil before we start seeing these new plates. Damn recession, I was looking forward to seeing these new plates. ;)

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  1. eblend says:

    Will we get to keep our old plates? I have a vanity plate and would be cool if I could keep it to hang in the garage

  2. EK 2.0 says:

    I was really looking forward to not only seeing…but getting one of these plates…Think of the Custom Plate combination’s with the extra character…

  3. Mike says:

    Finally someone in government who believes unnecessary spending is stupid in a downward trending economy.

  4. jhmed says:

    I was more concerned with people with custom plates already and how this would play itself out…. Last I’d spoken to Southland Registries (December 2008), it was unclear whether the new plates would be mandatory when they came out or whether they would wait until you needed new plates (stolen, unreadable etc..) to issue one of the new designs… They were also unclear whether there would be a reduced rate for re-ordering your already existing custom plate in the new design, or whether you have to pay the $220 all over again.

  5. JCB says:

    Ill finally be able to fit BIGPENIS on there!


  6. Kyle Tarrant says:

    JCB, I doubt they will add another letter to custom plates..

  7. debi taylor says:

    i would like to know how many numbers and letters you are aloud to have i am new to alberta. so plz foregive my not knowing.

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