The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is cracking down on license plates that have significant digits and are identified using digital fingerprinting.
The department has issued guidance that can be found here and here.
The new policy is being described as a response to the growing use of GPS tracking devices and is aimed at helping authorities track down those involved in crimes, and identify the criminal.
It’s not the first time DHS has cracked down on such license plates.
In September 2017, it issued a guidance to local law enforcement departments and agencies that said they could stop issuing license plates using GPS tracking device locations.
The guidance states:”This will be a temporary measure while DHS works with local law enforcers to determine the best method of utilizing GPS data in determining license plate locations.”
While the new guidance may be effective in the short term, the Department of DHS says that it will be difficult to enforce the change as the number of license plates is still growing.
The department also says that the changes are temporary, meaning that the department is open to changing the policy if there are significant problems.
A spokesperson for DHS said in a statement that the agency is working with local authorities to determine how best to implement the new policy and to review the guidance as a whole.