Sep. 19, 2022

HARRISBURG – Rep. Tim O’Neal (R-Washington) today reminded vehicle owners that if their license plates are difficult to read, replacement plates are available for free. To help facilitate the process to turn in the illegible plate for a new one, O’Neal is teaming up with the Washington County Sheriff’s office for an event on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at Wild Things Park.

The event will be held from 4-6 p.m. in the Wild Things Park parking lot at 1 Washington Federal Way, Washington. An RSVP is required by calling 724-223-4541 or by visiting

“License plates can become damaged due to the weather, and as a result letters and numbers can be difficult to read,” O’Neal said. “Many people do not realize they can receive a free replacement from PennDOT. This event will help facilitate that process.”

If the plate is determined to be illegible, paperwork will be completed for no fee. A new replacement plate should arrive in about two weeks to the vehicle owner’s home address.

According to PennDOT, a registration plate is deemed illegible when one or more numbers or letters cannot be recognized from 50 feet or if the registration plate shows any blistering, peeling, discoloration or loss of reflectivity. 

Anyone with further questions can contact O’Neal’s Washington district office at 724-223-4541.

The 48th Legislative District in Washington County includes the city of Washington; Chartiers, North Franklin, North Strabane and South Strabane townships; and Canonsburg, East Washington and Houston boroughs.

Representative Tim O’Neal
48th Legislative District
Pennsylvania House of Representatives

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