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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Lanny O - Fairview, Oregon

Elmer, Received the 2nd 4WD license plate at 12:59, on 4-15-10. I am really impressed with all the plates that I have ordered, plusthe fast courteous e-mails, precise tracking and the fast shipping. Thanks again

Paul - Canterbury, New Zealand

Thanks for the plates, took 11 days to arrive (new record from USA to NZ, is usually a minimum of 21 days with other items), better plates than I expected, hope to do business again in the future. A+Paul D

Steve Sierra

My order was on my desk when I arrived this morning. Thank you, great job the folks here in the corporate office were amazed at the quality. The embossed XLR8! wowed all, I've even had requests for plates of their own.I'll place an order for the new states that launch soon and may duplicate the order for our marketing department, these will be great on our conference room wall and our shuttles out in the markets.

Charles S - Quebec, Canada

I got my plates!Wow!Great plates, quick shipment.Thank you so much

Charles Tupper

I just got my 4th plate from you today and I continue to be amazed by the quality of the product. Right down to the proper size and no-hole orientation of the 55 NY plate (I only learned that by going back and visiting the site). Thanks so much. You've helped to make several old cars of mine, my brother's and my best friend even more period-authentic. Great product and well worth the expense for something done with such a high level of quality! I guess that might be silly, since the originals were made by state prisoners ... but that's another story!!!

Lanny - Fairview, Oregon

Packagearrived 1-18-11. I'm very pleased with it, I'll probably be ordering anotherone with a different name also.-Lanny

Elaine - Hollywood, Florida

THANK YOU!!!I received the new plate I ordered today and you included the replacement letters for the broken plate. You are WONDERFUL!!!!!!Elaine

Pat Lee - Nashville, Tennessee

Thanks!Our order of several hundred plates with multiple cities and various delivery dates was produced without a hitch! Each and every one packed and delivered on the targeted date. Thank you for your attention to detail.Pat LeeVP Production DirectorGS&F

Luke - Sunny Isles Beach, Florida

I love the work you all did, quality & speed......feel free to publish them!

Byron - Winfield, Pennsylvania

Thanks, you did good!

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