Vehicle registration plates of the United States
In the United States, license plates are issued by a department of motor vehicles, an agency of the state or territorial government, or in the case of the District of Columbia the city government. Some American Indian tribes also issue plates. The U.S. federal government issues plates only for its own vehicle fleet and for vehicles owned by foreign diplomats. Until the 1980s, diplomatic plates were issued by the state in which the consulate or embassy was located. California is notable as the first state to introduce a seven-digit format for their plates, in 1979.
|Mounting scheme||States & Territories|
|Front and rear plates||Alaska, California, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, Wisconsin, Wyoming, and US Virgin Islands.|
|Rear plates only||Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and West Virginia|
|Front and rear for most, but not all, passenger vehicles||Massachusetts, Nevada|
Vanity and specialty plates
The state of Virginia offers more than 200 unique designs for license plates. A tenth of all U.S. vanity plates are in Virginia, giving it the highest concentration of vanity plates issued by a state.
Vanity plates sometimes cause unexpected difficulties for their owners. In 1979 a Los Angeles, California resident received 2,500 parking citations from throughout the state because the DMV's computers matched his plate, NO PLATE, with citations for cars without license plates. Other such cases have been reported for plates that say MISSING, NOTAG, VOID, and XXXXXXX.
Delaware's three-digit plates can now bring $50,000 and two-digit plates can bring $200,000. One expert broker has estimated that a single-digit Delaware license plate can now bring $400,000 at auction.
Diplomatic license plates
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- The spelling license is preferred in the U.S., and in Canada the spelling licence is preferred for the noun and license for the verb.
- Commonwealth of Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
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