Solar-powered e-tags could change license display to indicate when a car has been stolen or is uninsured.

Government officials in South Carolina are in early discussions to bring electronic plates to cars around the state. Replacing traditional metal plates, these e-tags would enable police officers to clearly see if a car has been stolen or is uninsured.

South Carolina company Compliance Innovations developed the e-plates with hopes that the state will test them in a pilot program on government-owned cars. The image would display the license plate, and would link electronically to the DMV, so the department could send a signal to the tags that could read ‘STOLEN’ or ‘SUSPENDED’ as the case may be.

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