Act now to keep your ZG plate
Some Pitkin County motor vehicle owners in possession of coveted “ZG” license plates may be in jeopardy of losing the tags which bear the county’s historic designation.
Truck owners are most significantly affected. The state will no longer permit plates with up to four numerals and ZG, (1259-ZG, for instance), unless the owner of that truck wishes to purchase the characters as a vanity plate.
Passenger car owners who have plates reading ZG-1259, for example, will be permitted to retain those characters, if the plate is currently active as of the new year.
On Jan. 1, the state is beginning a four-year “total replacement” program of motor vehicle license plates. All new plates will feature six characters – three numbers and three letters, separated by a hyphen.
“If the numbers come before the ZG, they’ll be getting brand new plates,” said Liza Kreitner at the county clerk and recorder’s office. “The only ones who can get their same plates have to have a plate beginning with two letters, such as ZG or ZP, followed by up to four numbers.”
Motor vehicle owners affected by the change will be notified by the state, if they haven’t been already, Kreitner said.
Kreitner said several people who own low-number, passenger-car ZG plates – but have not had the plates registered to a vehicle recently – must reregister the vehicle with the plates in order to keep them in the future.
“Because they have to be active by the end of the year if you want to get new plates with the same numbers,” she said.
In the past, Kreitner said, the state printed duplicate plates on occasion. For example, a truck and a car might each have a ZG-1259 tag number.
“So for those duplicates, the state takes the last four digits of the vehicle’s VIN (vehicle identification number) and whoever has the highest sum total, gets the plate.”
The state’s new plates look relatively similar to the old ones. However, the plates are much more reflective than the old variety and the new truck and passenger car plates differ slightly.
“The main idea is that it will standardize the whole state,” Kreitner said.
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