In recent weeks, New Jersey has seen a spike in plate renewals from people who want to renew their drivers license or car insurance, according to a new report from a state-run licensing authority.
The report shows the state has more license plates than the number of licensed drivers on the road.
About 15 percent of those renewing their licenses this year are using the plate, and about 10 percent are using a new vehicle.
That’s about half of the state’s license plate pool, which currently has 2.3 million licenses.
New Jersey is one of the most populous states in the country.
Its population is about 16 million.
Its license plate population is increasing rapidly, according the report, but it’s unclear if that trend will continue.
State transportation commissioner Scott Thomson said the state is working to increase license plate usage and license renewal numbers in an effort to curb congestion.
He said the report highlights the need for a more comprehensive approach to regulating the issuance of license plates, which includes licensing a number of vehicles and vehicle operators, including motorcycle operators.
“We want to get to the point where we can actually regulate our roads and our highways,” Thomson said.
“If we can get license plate numbers down, that will be very good for us.”
The State Transportation Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment.