If you don't have insurance on your vehicle, don't be surprised when an officer or deputy confiscates your license plates. Law enforcement now has the power to do that with the passage of a law this past December. Before this new law, this task was left up to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Since then, more than 5000 plates statewide have been confiscated. The Highway Patrol office in Beaufort County estimates they've already seized nearly a hundred plates. The state Department of Insurance estimates insurance companies will receive 16,000 claims involving uninsured drivers this year, costing the industry about 80 million dollars.