Anyone know why some states include a county and others have only a rear plate?
For some reason it is mostly states in the South with the rear only plate, save for Pennsyltucky.
R1 is correct. Only rear plates in PA
Car tags here are ad valorem -- if you buy a new, expensive car, your tag can cost as much as that old beater you bought to take to college.
Your tag cost goes down as your car depreciates for ten years, then stays the same thereafter (but only the ad valorem part of the total cost).
Kansas is rear plates only.
Indiana is rear plate only and lists the county.
Many states switched to single plates to save money.
I find the whole business of of selling "commemorative" license plates fascinating. You know the kind, license plates that have as the background some artwork calling attention to a particular cause or interest. When I visit my dad in Florida, they seem to have TONS of plates like that. Some are what you would expect, plates to promote cleaning the oceans, preserving the Florida wildlife, promoting the space program. But they have one commemorating John Lennon. I am uncertain what if any connection John Lennon has with Florida.
r11, New Jersey used to have a county code system. "A" meant Atlantic County. If more than one had the same letter (Bergen, Burlington) the county with most population got the letter.
In January New York began issuing plates with AAA, no relation to geography. It's September and they're up to the G's.
In some countries a plate is issued to the first owner and is never changed.
The code was useful for the country assessor when they collected the tax. People would find a low tax county and tax their cars there (especially businesses with fleets of vehicles). The plate code was a way to keep everyone honest.
I grew up in Nebraska, and the license plates had a county number based on the population of the county-- 1 was Omaha, 2 was Lincoln, and so on.
It was actually sort of handy, because if you saw someone from 93 county you knew it was someone from waaaay out in the sticks, and you better give them plenty of space when you were on a freeway or at a busy intersection, because those boys were clueless. Some of them came from counties where there probably wasn't a single traffic light.
[quote]For some reason it is mostly states in the South with the rear only plate, save for Pennsyltucky.
The states that only require a rear license plate do it to save costs.
I know Georgia puts the county on their plates to help the hillbillies find their way home. Every little bit helps down there.
Plate on the front helps if you're waiting for a family member and there are five identical cars comin' up the road.
That's true r18 but the state has made a big push to get "In God We Trust" on the license plates instead of the county name. I believe it is an option to have that for $1 or something. The god-botherers are invariably the worst drivers on the road, so I give a wide berth to cars with that on the plate. Want to express your religious faith? Fine, buy a bumper sticker but I believe the state has no business promoting religion. But then, this is the South.
What kills me are the States who are so proud of the fact that they have a website they feel the need to put the address on their license plates like they're really accomplishing something.
Which states put their website on their plates, r21?
I haven't seen that.
Holy crap, R9.
I find it extremely bizarre that one state has so many possible "vanity" license plate designs available!
I hope that for some of the plates (eg, ex-POW), a person has to actually prove they qualify!
[quote]Anyone know why some states include a county and others have only a rear plate?
Florida does both
[quote]What kills me are the States who are so proud of the fact that they have a website they feel the need to put the address on their license plates like they're really accomplishing something.
[quote]Which states put their website on their plates, [R21]?
Oh, not just Florida, although that's no surprise. Maryland, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, S. Carolina, Nebraska, and Minnesota do it too.
I'm waiting for the next logical step--the web address at the top of the plate, and "Don't Text and Drive!" at the bottom.