Cars without the traditional license plate, and with the temporary paper stuck on the windshield and window, are increasingly seen on the streets. The cause is defects in the paint of newer license plates. Also, renewals due to defects or theft. But due to the lack of supplies, both for the plates and for the IDs, delays last up to four months.
For this reason, this week a circular was released in which the Directorate of the National Registry of Automotive Property (DNRPA) and the Mint, in charge of the provision, inform, both to the different agencies, as well as to control and security agencies, that the validity of the provisional patents will no longer expire as until now. and that they can be used to circulate until they are replaced by the final plates.
Until now, it was necessary to go to the corresponding Registry to extend the period of validity, which was one month. But the delays seem to remain without an apparent solution.
For example, in a Buenos Aires Registry they say that only this week they received badges of procedures initiated in August. The answer given to vehicle owners who call to ask when they will get their license plate is usually negative and ends with a recommendation: "Call back in 15 days."
The patents that have been in force since 2016, the blue and white ones with 3 numbers and 4 letters are the ones that bring the most problems. Due to defects in the materials, they fade and fade. That forces the owners of the vehicles to go through the renewal procedures. The other cases have to do with theft, loss or because, due to wear and tear, the vehicles are rejected at the VTV. In all cases, the delays are the same.
Patents that have been in use since 2016 are fading and need to be renewed. But delays are up to 4 months.
In the different offices, which depend on the National Directorate of the Automotive Property Registry (DNRPA), they admit that "there may be some batches with failures", although the phenomenon has been repeated since at least 2018.
To do the procedure before the Registry it is necessary to make an appointment through the website. In the case of the new Mercosur patents that are unpainted, as it is a fault of origin, another original set is delivered, that is, it is not duplicated. And there's no cost either. But the corresponding green and blue ballots must also be replaced. The provider is Casa de Moneda Sociedad del Estado.
Depainted, rejected, or stolen
Mercosur's patents, which have been in force since 2016, are the ones that are fading and must be renewed.
Beyond the flaws of the new patents, those who have the previous ones, with three letters and three white numbers on a black background, may have to ask for duplicates for suffering loss, theft or not passing the Vehicle Technical Verification (VTV) because they are not legible or are unpainted.
According to the City's Highway Code, the fine is the same as if it is intentionally adulterated with any tape or element that modifies the numbers or letters. The cost of the infringement is calculated at 1,000 fixed units, the stipulated parameter for setting the price. In the City, since September the Fixed Unit is equivalent to $146.66 (half a liter of Premium gasoline), with which the penalty is $146,660.
In addition, 10 scoring points are deducted for "driving, being parked or stopped without domain plates, and for preventing or hindering the visualization of the domain plate through folds, additions, poor state of conservation or that it is placed in an unlawful way or rotated with respect to its normal position," according to the local Traffic Code.
What is the procedure like?
The procedure for cases of theft, loss or the need to solve the problem to approve the VTV is similar to the one that is done when the new patents are unpainted. You have to make an appointment through the website at the corresponding registration. Digital address is www.dnrpa.gov.ar/portal_dnrpa/.
Then, the owner of the vehicle must present their ID, the title and the green card of the vehicle. Once the payment is made, you must return within 24 hours. There, if you keep them, you must present the painted or deteriorated plates and in exchange you receive two provisional paper plates that you must stick on the windshield and window of the vehicle to circulate.
Tampering with or covering up the patent has the same fine as for circumventing a defective or illegible one due to wear or failure.
"The result of the VTV had been conditional because they considered that the front license plate was unpainted. So I had no choice but to do the paperwork," David Gonzalez, who began the process in mid-September, told Clarín. Consulted again, he said that this week he called the Registry and was told that some plates corresponding to August had just arrived. For the purposes of the VTV process, the motorist said that with the provisional license plate and the procedure initiated is enough to obtain the wafer. He added: "Luckily this resolution came out and I don't have to go back to the registry. I've already gone once to extend the provisional patent, and I'd gone twice before to do the paperwork."
Although for the bearers of the new plates that are failed the procedure is free, for the rest it is not. And it's not cheap. Replacing the plates has a cost of $2,310; to that is added the payment for the renewal of the green card, which is a requirement when processing patents, and other fees, such as the investigation of infringements and form 13. In addition, the blue ballots also have to be redone, which in this case were two. In total, the expense with all those inputs can exceed $10,000. These costs are also increased by inflation.
The certificates are also made with supplies that are in short supply and provided by the Casa de la Moneda Sociedad del Estado. And in many cases, while the wait to obtain the final one, a paper is given that is valid for circulation.
Fines and controls
The purpose of the circular that was issued at the end of last week is to ensure that motorists do not have to go to the registries to obtain extensions in the validity of provisional licenses. But it also seeks to alert national, provincial and municipal security agencies.
The fact is that walking around with provisional licenses can generate doubts and arrests on the part of traffic agents. The Buenos Aires government, for example, had clarified that "in August 2023 the DNRPA had already communicated that they were suffering from a lack of supplies for the certificates and patents".
At that time, as now, the Secretary of Transportation and Public Works of the City informed the Traffic Agents who carry out controls in the streets of the situation "so that they are aware of the situation until the problem is resolved."