Let’s know what digital license plates will cost as it is hitting the streets of California. It is a digital display board that allows changeable messages controlled by the driver or remotely by fleet managers.

The new plates use the same computer technology as Kindle eBook readers, along with a wireless communication system. They come with their own computer chips and battery. If you want to buy the plate can register your vehicles electronically and eliminate the need to physically stick tags on their plates each year.

California is the first state in the nation to try out the new plates. The technology comes with a high price. Dealerships are expected to sell the plates for $699, not including installation costs. Users also must pay a monthly fee of about $7. And important thing is the plates are not available through the DMV.

DMV officials last week said there are only 116 cars in the state with digital plates in use so far. But Reviver Auto expects that number to jump into the thousands this year as auto dealerships begin selling them, and companies and consumers read about them.

The city of Sacramento is about to begin testing the devices as well, in cooperation with Reviver Auto, on some fleet cars.

The city’s innovation officer, Louis Stewart, said the city took shipment last week of 24 new Chevy Volts with the electronic plates. It got the plates at no cost from Reviver. City officials want to see if the plates allow them to keep track of fleet vehicles more efficiently and inexpensively via electronic messaging.