PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) – The Arizona Department of Transportation says the production of license plates is back on track. The process ground to a stop in May because Arizona Correctional Industries, the vendor that makes Arizona’s license plates, did not get a shipment of aluminum required to make the plates, and it did not have any on hand. ADOT said the Motor Vehicle Division and ACI looked for and found another source of aluminum.
ADOT said crews with ACI, a branch of the Arizona Department of Corrections, Rehabilitation and Reentry, ramped up production, working weekends and double shifts, to catch up. ADOT says now that the backlog is clear, Arizona drivers can expect their new license plates “in the normal timeframe.” The average turnaround time for regular Arizona license plates is roughly two weeks, according to MVD. For personalized plates, production time is between four and six weeks, the agency's website says.
Arizona is not the only state in which license plate production was affected by the lack of aluminum. Such supply-chain issues have affected a variety of industries throughout the country.