Florida Senate - 2021                        COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Bill No. SB 862
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: RCS            .                                
                  04/09/2021           .                                

       Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Tourism, and
       Economic Development (Gruters) recommended the following:
    1         Senate Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete lines 59 - 132
    4  and insert:
    5         1.Display the information required in this chapter to be
    6  included on a physical license plate; and
    7         2.Be placed on a motor vehicle registered under this
    8  chapter in lieu of a physical license plate.
    9         (b)“Digital license plate provider” means a person or an
   10  entity engaged in the business of providing digital license
   11  plate hardware and services to motor vehicle owners.
   12         (2)APPLICABILITY.—Except as otherwise provided by this
   13  section or a rule adopted under this section, a digital license
   14  plate issued under this section is subject to the laws of this
   15  state applicable to a physical license plate; however, digital
   16  license plates issued under this section are exempt from s.
   17  320.06(3)(a).
   19         (a)Beginning July 1, 2021, the department shall administer
   20  the program. The program must be limited to installation and use
   21  of digital license plates on government-owned motor vehicles as
   22  described in s. 320.0655.
   23         (b)By July 1, 2022, the department shall allow any motor
   24  vehicle registered under this chapter to be equipped with a
   25  digital license plate in lieu of a physical license plate issued
   26  under s. 320.06. However, the purchaser of a digital license
   27  plate must first obtain a physical license plate from the
   28  department before obtaining a digital license plate from a
   29  digital license plate provider.
   30         (c)The department may contract with one or more digital
   31  license plate providers for the issuance of digital license
   32  plates, including any services related to the issuance of
   33  digital license plates. The contract shall include provisions
   34  governing the protection of personal and motor vehicle
   35  registration data obtained by a digital license plate provider
   36  in the performance of its services.
   37         (d)The department may authorize the display of the motor
   38  vehicle’s validation on each digital license plate in lieu of
   39  the validation sticker. The validation must display the owner’s
   40  birth month, the license plate number, and the year of
   41  expiration or appropriate renewal period if the owner is not a
   42  natural person. The validation must be displayed in the upper
   43  right corner of the digital license plate.
   44         (e)The department may authorize the use of a digital
   45  license plate for electronic toll collection, if such use has
   46  been approved by the Department of Transportation or other
   47  appropriate tolling authority, or to display a parking permit.
   48         (f)The department may establish procedures for displaying
   49  the following information on a digital license plate:
   50         1.An emergency alert or other public safety alert issued
   51  by a governmental entity, including an alert pursuant to s.
   52  937.021;
   53         2.Static logo displays, including unique displays for
   54  fleet license plates, digital versions of specialty license
   55  plates as described in s. 320.08058, and special license plates
   56  for military service authorized in s. 320.089, and for the
   57  Governor and federal and state legislators as authorized in s.
   58  320.0807; and
   59         3.Other displays that the department, in consultation with
   60  law enforcement agencies, determines are in the interest of
   61  public safety.
   62         (4)DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE REQUIREMENTS.—A digital license
   63  plate issued under this section must:
   64         (a)Meet the specifications and requirements adopted under
   65  subsection (3);
   66         (b)Include the same information required to be included on
   67  a physical license plate and legibly display that information at
   68  all times and in all light conditions; and
   69         (c)Have wireless connectivity capability.
   70         (5)DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE PROVIDERS.—A digital license
   71  plate provider with whom the department contracts shall:
   72         (a)Maintain an inventory of digital license plates issued
   73  in this state by the digital license plate provider;
   74         (b)Make available a digital version of each specialty
   75  license plate authorized by the department; and
   76         (c)If a digital license plate displays a validation,
   77  promptly update the display of the validation to reflect the
   78  current registration period for the motor vehicle and, upon
   79  request of the department, suspend the display of the validation
   80  or indicate on the digital license plate that the registration
   81  for the motor vehicle has expired.
   82         (6)DIGITAL LICENSE PLATE CONSUMERS.A consumer who chooses
   83  to purchase a digital license plate must purchase a digital
   84  license plate directly from a digital license plate provider. In
   85  addition to any fees associated with the purchase of a digital
   86  license plate, the consumer is also responsible for paying to
   87  the department all applicable motor vehicle fees in this
   88  chapter, including any annual use fees pursuant to s. 320.08046
   89  associated with any specialty license plate the consumer wishes
   90  to display on the digital license plate.
   91         (7)RULEMAKING.—The department may adopt rules to implement
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   94  And the title is amended as follows:
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   96  and insert:
   97         providers; providing requirements for consumers of
   98         digital license plates; authorizing the department to
   99         adopt rules;