South Carolina may soon lead the way into the future with electronic license plates for cars and trucks. Using so-called electronic paper, technology similar to what is seen on digital readers like the Amazon Kindle, these new license plates would be capable of dynamically changing from normal numbers and letters to a word like SUSPENDED, UNINSURED or STOLEN.

Both passing motorists and police would be able to read the plate's message, and the designers say warning messages could be in bright red or made to flash. Each digital license plate would be linked to the DMV using a cellular connection, and power for the display would be generated either by the vibrations of an automobile or by a solar film over the plate. Power would only be required to change the plate's display – no power is required to keep the current display in place, and its creators say the DMV would not be able to track the plate.

At present, a proposal is in the works that would see state-owned vehicles in South Carolina use these electronic plates in a pilot program. If successful, and if cost can be brought to manageable levels, electronic plates could replace the simple stamped metal plates currently in use across the country. We have to wonder, though, how the general population would react to digital license plates that are connected wireless to an agency like the DMV. Why not voice your opinion in our completely unscientific poll, but not before watching the video report below.

Are you in favor of electronic license plates like the ones SC is considering?
Yes 35096 (53.5%)
No 22660 (34.5%)
I'm not sure. 7857 (12.0%)

I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.

    • 1 Second Ago
      • 1 Year Ago
      Others have voiced their concerns and approval; I won't rehash the same thing in different words. It just sounds like "Big Brother" to me. I rather wait in line at DMVevery few years.
      Nick Allain
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sounds like a registration fee that will be massive and a technology that will be hacked and abused faster than you can say "ZOMBIES AHEAD ROAD SIGN". And it won't matter if you make hacking them illegal, people will do illegal things. In fact, you could argue that this just makes it easier. That said, it will be hilarious when someone drops a wireless chip next to a highway and every car driving by has it's plate changed to 8===>
      • 1 Year Ago
      better for the NSA to track your driving habits with
        The Tourmaster
        • 1 Year Ago
        Yeah, with all the latest scandals of federal government overreach into our privacy and violations of personal freedoms, let's give states the chance to do the same. The less they know, the better. I am perfectly fine with stamped plates. It works just fine. Let's keep it that way.
      • 1 Year Ago
        The Friendly Grizzly
        Laser: plate fees like that have been around in places like California for decades. It's nothing new.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @The Friendly Grizzly
          Right. So in places where it is $200 for a $1 plate, it will be $399 for a $200 plate. Sound good?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Another way to track our every movement and of course, it won't be cheap. Just leave well enough alone, for the love of common sense.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Why not? 1) Expensive, and 2) Easily hackable (which defeats the point).
      Mark Forister
      • 1 Year Ago
      Invasion of Privacy clear and simple, the governemnt will track your every move and tell you that they will not.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh Great !!! One more thing for hackers to mess with. The South Carolina plate plan may not make it possible to change the actual plate numbers, but imagine finding out that your plates are flashing an "Amber Alert" or "Stolen" when your stopped by armed police just because someone remotely tampered with them for the sake of having some fun. Standard plates may not be as versatile as the proposed ones, but at least they're cheap and can't be hacked.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Like the poster below said,it would be hacked instantly. In disregard to that States like NC have a hilarious licensing system. Theres the state inspections (smog and smog exempt). Theres the vehicle taxing fee. There is the registration fee. And then there is the licensing fee. If somehow this was all rolled into one, whether than three separate things to keep up with every year, Then I could begin to have an opinion on this.
        Nick Allain
        • 1 Year Ago
        It;s the same way in california but to make it even more hilarious, when you do a few these things at the DMV they make you pay for each one individually. Just because I'm an ass, I wrote them checks. Yep, 3 separate checks.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nick Allain
          If you're renewing, you can easily do it online and not have to bother going to the DMV at all. If you need to have your car smogged, the smogger will send confirmation online immediately, so that's been made much easier too. The only time I have had to go to the DMV in several years was to have my drivers license renewed, and with an appointment, it didn't take very long.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Nick Allain
          Checks make it easy- use large currency- blowing out their change drawer.
      • 1 Year Ago
      How Hard Would It Be For Someone To Hack The System And You Suddenly Find Yourself Driving With A Suspended/ Stolen...etc. Lisence Plate.
      • 1 Year Ago
      1) Hackers will love that! 2) the person driving the vehicle may not be the one the vehicle is registered to. Meaning some poor friend may become a target because of his buddy's legal troubles. 3) DMV records have proven, time and again, to be unreliable and/or outdated. 4) All those "wanna be" heroes/cops/vigilantes...etc. out there could take it as an invitation to act. Conclusion: I can see this going horrible wrong in so many ways. It's simply not worth it.
        • 1 Year Ago
        How about the angry x wife-husband?
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let's see...some of the opportunities with this scheme...for our protection--- 1-We see that you are parked at a bar for 3 hours. Maybe we'll send some police to write up a DUI when you leave. 2.We see that you drive over 20000 miles a year, so our new license fee plan will cost you a 50% you are using the roads too much. 3.We detected that you were speeding, your ticket will be emailed to you. 4. We see that you took a drive at 3 in the morning..."please explain where you were going at that time" 5. We see that you went to building that is a known hang out for persons that are of interest to us....please explain what you were doing there.Electronic plates linked to DMV? No thanks--metal plates work just fine.
    • Load More Comments
    2014 Jeep Cherokee
    MSRP: $22,995 - $30,095
    2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
    MSRP: $51,800 - $103,200
    2014 Chevrolet Cruze
    MSRP: $17,520 - $24,985