MassDOT RMV Puts Coveted License Plates Up for Grabs in Annual Lottery

(Boston, MA)-The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) today announced that the Registry of Motor Vehicles will begin accepting applications for the 2010 Low Number License Plate Lottery on Monday, June 14, 2010. Applicants in this year's drawing will be vying for 177 of the most sought after Massachusetts license plates, including R12, F17 and 55A.

"Every year the plate lottery generates thousands of applicants because all drivers have an equal shot at winning one of these coveted plates," said Registrar Rachel Kaprielian. "Last year more than six thousand people participated and this year we expect even greater interest."

Applications will be available in all RMV branches and online at www.massrmv.com. All entries must be mailed and postmarked by August 9, 2010. Postcard entries will not be accepted. Only one entry per applicant will be accepted. Winners who do not register their vehicle with their winning lottery plate by December 31, 2010 will automatically forfeit their plate. All forfeited plates will be offered to a list of 25 alternate winners who will be chosen at the drawing.

Winners will be selected at a live drawing that will be held at 11am, Saturday, August 28 at the Larz Anderson Auto Museum located at 15 Newton Street in Brookline. Admission to the museum and its current exhibit "Curve Appeal" featuring aerodynamic vehicles from the streamlining era of industrial design will be free to applicants. Lottery winners will be posted on the RMV website on Monday, August 30 following the drawing.

DON'T WAIT IN LINE, GO ONLINE: In the last two years, MassDOT RMV has made the online branch at www.massrmv.com the busiest by adding more than a dozen new transactions to the website which has resulted in 40% more customer traffic. Recently, the RMV unveiled its latest online transaction, giving permit holders the ability to schedule driving tests online. Last month, the RMV added another feature that allows drivers to cancel their license plates online rather than turning them in at a branch.

MassDOT's RMV division serves more than 4.6 million licensed drivers and handles 5.9 million vehicles. For transportation news and updates, visit the MassDOT blog at www.mass.gov/blog/transportation or follow MassDOT on Twitter at www.twitter.com/massdot.

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