As part of an effort to improve safety on Pennsylvania roads, state Sen. Chris Gebhard (R-48) is offering residents a free license plate replacement at an event on Tuesday, July 9.

License plates are considered damaged and should be replaced when the letter or numbers cannot be read from 50 feet away, if the plate is peeling, blistering, or discolored, or if the plate has lost its reflectivity, a press release from Gebhard’s office explains.

North Cornwall Township police officers will attend the event conducting inspections. Vehicle safety inspections can determine if a registration plate is legible and initiate its replacement at no cost.

Residents in need of a new plate can bring their old license, valid registration paperwork, and a valid Pennsylvania driver’s license or photo identification card to the free event, which will be held from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the Lebanon Valley Exposition Center and Fairgrounds, 80 Rocherty Road, Lebanon.

“I wanted to give people the opportunity to switch out their degraded license plates without having to travel to the DMV and navigate the crowds,” Gebhard said in a statement. “Busy families can’t always dedicate an afternoon to something like this, but it’s important we keep our roads safe. My event balances both needs.”

The replacement will not require travel to the DMV. According to the release, paperwork will be submitted to the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, then a replacement plate will be sent to Gebhard’s Lebanon office, at 400 S. 8th St., for pickup. Gebhard’s office said that the plates are being sent to the Senator’s District office in Lebanon so that staffers can confirm constituents receive the replacement.

Gebhard’s office can be reached at 717-274-6735 for more information.

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