January 30th, 2010 06:13 AM
US Licence Plates
Can you guys settle a "discussion?"
Having just been stopped and fined £60 ($100) for a slightly mis-placed number on my car's licence plate (yes I know...don't go there)
Can you tell me do all US States allow vanity plates?
What do they cost?
Where do you buy them?
Is there a re-sale market for them?
Look forward to hearing your replies
Tint Bob (UK)
January 30th, 2010 08:34 AM
Here's my new one...I had to pay a little more because the 'life' of my old plate was still good and I wanted this new one that just came out...
Specialty License Plate - In God We Trust
The speciality plate is $25 dollars more than a normal plate...so figure around $90 total.
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January 30th, 2010 08:40 AM
In Michigan, and I assume most states, the plates are only available from Secretary of State office. The last time I checked, Michigan has something like 20 alternate plate styles. Most run $5-$20 over the normal fee, which depends on the particular vehicle.
As for "vanity" plates, I have never been interested enough to check pricing.
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January 30th, 2010 08:41 AM
This is the special license plate I display. Other selections are listed as well, plus costs, etc.
ODPS | BMV | Special License Plates
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January 30th, 2010 09:25 AM
I am really surprised and happy to see that you can display that license plate on your vehicle. I wonder if the PC gangs have tried to put a top to it yet? I hope they do not. Congrats and display it proudly.
Originally Posted by retsupt99
Upon further review, I've seen one in town, but Kansas has a similar plate available along with others.
Kansas Department of Revenue - Kansas In God We Trust License Plate
Kansas Department of Revenue - Your Vehicle - Educational Institution Distinctive License Plates
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January 30th, 2010 10:04 AM
Most, if not all, states now have vanity plates available. Cost varies from state to state. Where you obtain them will depend on the specific state, in Virginia they are purchased through the DMV.
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January 30th, 2010 10:17 AM
Additionally, some states it is a one time fee for a vanity plate, some states have a yearly fee.
Originally Posted by archer51
January 30th, 2010 11:29 AM
In god we trust,everyone else keep your hands where we can see them and don't move
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January 30th, 2010 11:45 AM
I just checked. You can buy license plates on Ebay, including vanity plates.
I guess with the lack of crime in the UK, the police finally have time to straighten out the license plate situation?
January 30th, 2010 12:01 PM
Here in the US (unlike the UK) every state has their own pool of number and letter combinations - so there may be 50 instances, and all the variations of them, of a given vanity plate. We are limited (for the most part) to a maximum of 6 or 7 characters depending on the state or style. The state issuing the plate also produces the plate - sometimes through prison labor - ensuring uniformity and legibility. IIRC from my visit to the UK (and my love of all things Top Gear) your "generic" registrations are based on a letter prefix. What does this denote? Is it the insurance class, year of manufacture, something like that? I've seen used car lots with a registration already on every car. Here in the US, a car is not registered until the new owner signs the ownership paperwork - the dealer has special plates they can put on any vehicle in their inventory for test drives and such. As such, there is no secondary market here in the US for personalized registrations - when you trade a car into a dealership and purchase a new one you may transfer the existing plate to the new car or cancel it and get a new one for the new car.
Here in Virginia we have over 350 different images or background to choose from for our license plates, and the personalization fee is nominal (I think $10). We have an online tool to check for availability of a plate, and can also put a hold on that plate for up to 90 days - within that time, we have to go to the DMV (state version of your MOT), fill out a form with our desired plate and pay the fee, simple as that. No auction, no private sales, no people speculating wildly on the popularity of a given plate, buying them up at £2000 just to re-list them at £10000... oh, and because of that, nobody can take your tag from you if you forget to pay the maintenance fee on it.
British (well, European in general) tags just confused the hell out of me anyway - how do you tell where everyone is from?!
January 30th, 2010 01:50 PM
Ok I think I have started an interesting thread.............
Originally Posted by Chooie
We started out with A1 (its still on a vehicle and I think its worth well over $500,000 )
Our numbers stay with the vehicle unless you want to transfer it at a cost of around $150, no point unless you have a good number.
From 1983 our numbers started with A ie A123ABC
The A is the year, August 1st 1983 to July 31st 1984)
The figures (anywhere from 1 digit to 3) are unique to the vehicle.
The ABC is the area the vehicle came from.......
Around about 2000 we ran out of numbers, so the format was changed, we also had changed the new numbers from once a year to twice (1st March and 1st Sept)
The new numbers are something like this GY51AKK
GY is the area (Brighton East Sussex) the 51 is sept 1st 2001, in march 2002 the centre number changed to 02.....and so on.
With new vehicles, its really similar to the US
The new vehicle has its number allocated when a customer buys (as per my first part above) it, if a dealer needs to "move" the vehicle or demo it before its sold, we have Trade Plates.
These are temp plates that the dealer will put on to use the vehicle on the road, it shows the dealer has paid road tax and insurance.
Trade plates are also used on used vehicles, in the UK we pay a road tax (we call it a tax disc and its a round disc attached to the windscreen of a vehicle, brought in 6 month or 12 month amounts, costing upto £400 ($700) for 12 months)
Its illegal to use a car on the UK roads without a valid tax disc, our trade plates allow us to drive an un-licenced vehicle to demo or service
The plates do not show if the driver or vehicle has insurance, there is an insurance database that the police can access where every vehicle is registered (or should be)
Have a look at this web site, its the DVLA (driver vehicle licencing Authority) DVLA Personalised Registrations - Search and buy personalised registrations direct from DVLA. From 250 fully inclusive.
This is the gov dept that issues driver licence and new registration numbers, they also have smaller regional offices
As to European vehicles, well your guess is as good as mine
The should have an oval 1or 2 letter sticker on the rear of the vehicle, ie F for France SP Spain PL Poland GB Great Britain etc etc
January 30th, 2010 01:56 PM
Originally Posted by joker1
My number is K90LAR
I had "moved it like this K 90LAR
My business is Solar Screen - glass tinting
My first name is really Kevin so it says K SOLAR!!!!!!
The number plate reading cameras cannot see the altered numbers, hence my "fine"
January 30th, 2010 08:53 PM
Luckily, here in Indiana, we can get "In God We Trust" license plates for no extra fee.
January 30th, 2010 08:56 PM
US Licence Plates
Below is the In God we Trust currently on my Dakota. Also below are some of my 'bank related' vanities. The last vanity I purchased in Indiana about 4-5 years ago was $45.00 in addition to the regular plate fee and vanities are only good for one year.
January 31st, 2010 06:22 AM
Originally Posted by steve a.
Our vanity plates are for the life of the vehicle
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