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Somebody else has my same license plate in the same state

Discussion in 'Northwest' started by rpo, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. rpo

    rpo Member

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    I found out today when trying to register my license plate for a toll pass in Washington that another black Model S with the same plate is already registered and being actively driven on the toll bridge. Whoever it is apparently forgot to renew their registration, so when I requested the personalized plate, I essentially took it from them. The issue is they still have not renewed their registration (at which point the plate has to be turned in), so they are still using it. Same car, same color, same city, same license plate.


    Let me summarize....SOMEONE WITH THE SAME CAR HAS MY SAME EXACT LICENSE PLATE. The problems this could cause are nearly endless.


    On one hand, if that person does something dumb with their car (like a parking violation or hit and run where someone sees the plate), then it comes back on me. That would be a nightmare to explain.

    On the other hand, this means that other person gets charged whenever I drive across the toll bridge.
     
  2. EarlyAdopter

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    What does the plate say?
     
  3. rpo

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    "OHM". I just received the plate a month ago.
     
  4. mikeash

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    Sounds like an easy problem to solve. Drive back and forth across the bridge nonstop until he realizes that there's a problem. Nothing sends a message like hitting someone in the wallet!
     
  5. mrElbe

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    This duplicity must have been known a long time ago when they composed the well known song: " OHM, OHM on the range...." :rolleyes:
     
  6. rpo

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    It's only $2 or so per crossing I believe. I could probably cross 10x an hour. That'd be $800/week if I did it for forty hours. Ha!
     
  7. AudubonB

    AudubonB Mild-mannered Moderator Lord Vetinari*

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    Could the other plate possibly have the numeral "0", and not the letter "O"????
     
  8. rpo

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    No. It is the same exact plate. I confirmed it with the state today. They have no way of contacting that driver other than via the mail, and he is clearly not noticing the numerous renewal notices already sent, so that likely won't help. I am trying to get the Department of Licensing on the phone with Tesla to get his contact info to fix this.
     
  9. Auzie

    Auzie Tree Hugger Member

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    Huh I'd be very worried. It might be an idea to somehow keep digital track of your car location at all time, in case you need such info...
     
  10. rpo

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    I'm covered there. I have VisibleTesla running at all times. Good suggestion though!
     
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    Call the service center managers since there are only two of them and have him ask; someone is bound to have noticed that plate.
     
  12. rpo

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    I tried that. Nobody remembers seeing that plate prior to my car coming in. It's possible the other owner hasn't needed service or just nobody noticed. Tesla confirmed they do not keep track of the plates though.
     
  13. SherSlick

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    The state should know the prior VIN associated with the plate. That I am sure Tesla has info on at least who it was sold to.

    After that you could try the toll authority.
     
  14. rpo

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    The state has the VIN and will contact Tesla tomorrow for the owner's contact info. Hopefully that gets this solved. The owner probably wants to keep the plate and likely doesn't know the registration lapsed, so it probably won't be a pleasant situation. I may offer to give up the plate and get another since the state already made that offer to me.
     
  15. MartinAustin

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    If the other guy is driving with a plate he does not own, isn't that a pretty serious offence? Driving with an altered plate, effectively? Maybe the cops would be interested.
     
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    Clearly it is the phantom car of Georg Ohm himself (b 1789) who has reinCARnated so as to enjoy the MS, the ultimate horseless carriage he has heard so much about.
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    You're going to get all his photo-radar tickets, well that's what would happen here because we use photo-radar here. Maybe not for you.

    But anybody reporting any incident regarding license plate OHM is going to come to you.

    Get on record, that you've informed motor vehicles licensing, and police of the duplicate plate on identical vehicle.

    Any judge will have to throw such reported cases out, because there is reasonable doubt it was your car.
     
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    I know you're joking. But I think the charges would eventually find their way to the OP, when the toll pass owner complains.
     
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    Driving with an expired registration results in a fine over $400 where I live. Any violator driving on the highway will get nabbed before long, because camera systems read passing plates and alert authorities to anomalies. Unless of course there's an identical, non expired plate to confuse the system, so the original owner owes the OP a lot of beer.
     
  20. breser

    breser AutoPilot Nostradamus

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    What a mess. Wonder how long the state disallows reissuance of a personalized plate that has stopped being issued again?
     

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