Until now, in Connecticut,  vanity license plates have been limited to six characters. So if you wanted “HuskyFan” or “ILoveYou” (each with eight characters)  you were out of luck.  Now that’s going to change.

The Department of Motor Vehicles says DMV  is upgrading its computer system,  and by early next year,  the computers will be phased in and the state employees trained —  and vanity plates of eight characters will become available.

The computer changes will allow customers to conduct more business with DMV online,  freeing staff at the branch offices to help those customers whose transactions need their attention.

Spokesman bill seymour says the modernization will allow drivers to cancel lost or stolen plates or verify vehicle registration online and to renew truck, motorcycle and trailer registrations.

Branch offices will close for employee training on the new computer system according to this schedule:

February 7 – Willimantic
February 8 – Willimantic and Putnam
February 14 – Norwich
February 15 – Norwich and Putnam
February 21 – 24 Old Saybrook
February 28 – March 2 – New Britain
March 6 and 7 – Bridgeport and the Milford Photo License Center
March 8 and 9 – Danbury
March 13 – Hamden Office
March 14 – Hamden and the Derby Photo License Center
March 15 and 16 – Norwalk
March 20 – 21 – Waterbury and the Winsted satellite office

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