Vanity Plates?

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  1. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

    taylorwilsdon

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    Wondering if anyone has put "personalized" (vanity) plates on their car.

    My birthday is July 7th (7/7) and I thought it would be cool to get 7SEVEN as my license plate. If its really only $50, I think that would be an okay deal.

    How long does the process take? I've got a new car (registration isn't even finished) so I'm guessing I'd have to wait until the reg is in my name before I order new plates.
     
  2. shecky Guest

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    i had custom plates a number of years ago. i got regular plates and then it took about 8 weeks for the customs to come in.

    and, unrelated, we have the same birthday.
     
  3. Aea macrumors 6502a

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    I don't really see the point of vanity plates, but if I were to get some I would follow the state format but make a few tweaks, i.e. 101-WTF. I think that they're a bit too pompous, but that could just be me.
     
  4. Big-TDI-Guy macrumors 68030

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    I've always wanted the plate: 3M-TA3

    But my state will not allow it. :(
     
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    I posted this a while back in another thread:

    Some states might not, like Massachusetts, allow a vanity plate to start with a number, or intermix letters and numbers. In Mass, you can do something like "AA 1234" but not "A 1234." Be sure to inquire about this... Your state's DMV / RMV website should have that information.

    D'oh: Look here, they even used my "A 1234" example. Heh.
     
  7. prostuff1 macrumors 65816

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    Every vehicle my family owns has vanity plates on it. They start with our initials and then some sequence of numbers that means something to us.

    I much prefer the vanity plates, there is something about having them, but to each there own.
     
  8. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I want to get OMGWTF but I don't think that will get past the DMV
     
  9. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020

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    my parents have had BRN2SKI for as long as I can remember...

    you never know, give it a try....

    either its already taken in Maine or not allowed:

    "Sorry, Plate Number: OMGWTF with class code Passenger (Passenger) is unavailable. Please try another selection."
     
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    I wanted O0OO0C0

    so that it's difficult for others to read my plate after I get into my getaway car and flee the scene of a crime......for example.
     
  12. Doctor Q Administrator

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    Is that $50 per year, or do you pay $50 to get the plates and a smaller extra amount each year to renew personalized plates?
     
  13. cantthinkofone macrumors 65816

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    Old friend of mine worked with a guy who has a plate that says "D-SHIZT". They changed their mind a short time later and told him he could keep it but couldn't run it on his car.


    Or illinois. was there yesterday and about every other car was a personalized plate.
     
  14. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Never much cared for them, but to each his own.
     
  15. heehee macrumors 68020

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    I never liked vanity plates. The way I drive, it's too easy for people/cops to identify my car. :D
     
  16. Queso macrumors G4

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    I once saw H1OAG on a big jet black Kawasaki ZZR-1100. I was seriously jealous :)

    Would I get a personalised plate? Probably not, but some of them can be quite cool.
     
  17. yg17 macrumors G5

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    I might give it a shot. There are a couple others I have in mind too. Missouri is limited with 6 letters though, I wish they allowed 7 or 8 like some other states

    I'm pretty sure, and someone please correct me if I'm wrong, but Illinois gives out free personalized plates which explains why they're so common
     
  18. Gray-Wolf macrumors 68030

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    As I drive a Golden Eagle Jeep Wrangler, I prefer the eagle Wildlife plate.
     
  19. patrick0brien macrumors 68040

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    All this depends on the state.

    In Illinois for example, there's a difference between Issues, Personalized and Vanity plates. There's a slew of specialty plates too, but let's not talk about them.

    In Illinois, a personalized and Issued plates are have to be letters first, than numbers, no mixing. Further defined that Issued are, well, issued by the state, whereas personalized are chosen by you.

    I had a personalized plate years ago, it was PATMAN9 (Ironically, I was able to later get the same plate in CA when I lived there). At the time it was an $85 one-time fee added to original registration, standard annual renewal rates from then on.

    The moment you ask for a plate that breaks this number-letter rule, you enter vanity plate land. You still cant mix them together, so we're talking all letter or all number. I got my Vanity plate and it was cheaper than the Personalized I got years ago I think it was $65, then regular annual renewal.

    So it's possible that personalized are veeery cheap - or even free.

    I'm thinking this is possible because of the really huge number of specialty plates like Peace, State Bird, Veteran, etc which are very very expensive.

    So now I have LIC PLT

    I can't believe nobody else in the entire state of how many millions of folks didn't think of it first.
     
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    I have vanity plates (for NYS) and the initial cost to print it, cost $50.. But every year I pay between 50-100 for special plate renewal. And it took, between 4-8 weeks to get my plates.
     
  22. Dmac77 macrumors 68020

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    I don't know about the price, but we do have the same birthday. Personally, I think vanity plates are tacky.

    Don
     
  23. JNB macrumors 604

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    Not personalized, but...

    (and this is a motorcycle plate, btw)
     

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  24. iowamensan macrumors 6502

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    You never know... I took this picture this summer:
     

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