The first license plates were issued in the German state of Baden in 1896. Massachusetts was the first state in the United States to manufacture license plates in 1903. The earliest license plates were made of leather, wood and porcelain. The state of Delaware still permits the use of porcelain license plates.

Mexico was the first country to issue reflective license plates in 1936. The embossed numbers were a coated with ink containing glass-like beads to achieve reflective properties. The state of Connecticut introduced the beads-on-paint reflective license plates in 1948. The invention of reflective sheeting by 3M replaced the beads-on-paint process in the 1960's and adopted by most of the states for license plate manufacturing by 1970.

In 1924, New York and California had each manufactured and issued 1,000,000 license plates. In the United States, license plates are manufactured in correctional facilities which are state or quasi-state owned. Only Alaska, Hawaii and Oregon license plates are manufactured by a privately owned facility but the license plates are issued or distributed by the state government. In Europe and most countries around the world, license plates numbers are state issued, but privately manufactured (motorists take documents to a private manufacturing facility for license plates production).

Idaho was the first state to manufacture license plates with a graphic a potato in 1928. Pennsylvania manufactured the first custom, vanity or personalized license plate in 1931. As Americans became more prosperous, custom or official vanity license plates became very popular. The increased fees for custom, personalized or vanity official license plates have earned the states hundreds of millions of dollars and a great source of tax revenue for education (colleges), wildlife conservation and other projects.

Over 30 states in the United States and some Provinces in Canada do not require front official license plates. Many auto and license plates enthusiasts install vanity, custom or personalized license plates on their vehicles to add a unique touch. License plates can be promotional to promote a business or group, vehicle brand, hobby, antique or old USA State, European, sport team, Greek Fraternity or Sorority, International country of origin or custom creations. Other popular vanity license plates are: nautical license plates, religious license plates, military license plates, flag license plates, fun license plates and may more.

 

 


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Michael - Charlotte, North Carolina

Hey friends, Have ordered quite a few "euro-style" plates over the last 20 years and I must say you are without a doubt the best!!! Easy website to navigate, great price with free shipping, quick delivery, best paint on plate I have seen. Thank You, will pass the word.Mike

Judy - Marseilles, Illinois

Just to let you know, I got my license plate frames today and they were beautiful!!! Thank you very much!!!Sincerely, Judy Z.

Richard A - Auckland, New Zealand

Plates received ok. Excellent service. Many thanks.

Maude Beaunoyer

I just wanted to take quick minute to let you know that my license plates were very, very nice.

Lester - North Charleston, South Carolina

ATTN: Customer ServiceTo whom it may concern,I would like to take this opportunity to thank you and your company for producing a fine product. I have ordered about 8 plates from you over the past 10 years and have been delighted by every one of them.I recently ran into a miss communication with the printing of my latest plate. It was a gift for a friend of mine. I would like to thank you for giving me the opportunity to have the plate redone at a nominal fee. I understand the price of raw materials, shipping and handling and the other items that go with that. But all in all the recipient loved what was given to him thus eliminating the need to redo that plate. Thanks again.In the meantime I will get together additional information for new plates over the next couple of weeks. Again thank you for your assistance and your continued production of a quality product.Sincerely Yours,Lester

Chris - Palmerston, New Zealand

Hi Platemeister,Recently I ordered some SS 1966 black & yellow California plates and wondering where the order status was at.GOOD NEWS....The plates have arrived today. An extremely fast delivery from Florida to my home in Palmerston North New Zealand.Thank you for the very prompt delivery! Most excellent - and so are the plates!

Cindy F - Hanover, PA

I wanted to take the time to thank you.Your product is second to none, service is outstanding!!If everyone operated business like you, there would be no competition!!Thanks again

Carl B - Wellington, New Zealand

Hi Elmer!As per usual, when I make an enquiry into tracking numbers - it shows up at my door step LOL.It's AWESOME!! Exactly what I was after. Thanks HEAPS for these plates, you made my week. :-)If I require any custom or USA plates in future, I'll be coming back to you guys again and I'll inform others.

Victor - Charleston, South Carolina

Goodmorning - I amnot sure this is the right email or not to, but all I got to say is that I amvery impressed with the license plate. I love it so much I am thinking inre-ordering a replica of it. It got here quick. You guys are awesome and I amglad I found you on the search engine google.  Thanksyou so much!!!! Victor

Allan - Vernon Hills, Illinois

I received theplates today: "FRICKIN' AWESOME" Thank you sovery much, great work Elmer!Perl'

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