Number Plates

Number plates are a vital feature of most vehicles. When you buy a vehicle, a number plate is registered. These plates are attached to the front and rear side of the vehicle. In some districts only one plate is attached on the vehicle. The registration number on the number plates is used to identify the where the vehicle originated, and to whom it belongs. The first ever number plates were issued some 100 years ago.

Number plates are usually permanently assigned for the lifetime of the vehicle, but in some countries owners are allowed for re-register of the vehicle's number.

Number plates around the world

In the US, the number plates are called licence plates. Some jurisdictions follow a policy of "plate to owner" where the owner removes the number plate once he sells the vehicle. The buyer has to use the plate from his previous vehicle, or buy a new registration. Some states require a person to turn in or destroy his plates should he sell his vehicle. He can keep them if he wants but he has to get permit first. In other states, the licence plate goes with the vehicle when it is sold.

In Australia, the State or Territory government issues the number plates to the vehicle. The number plates generally last for the life time of the vehicle, and it only has to change when the number becomes unreadable. New plates are issued if the vehicle is registered in some other state. In Australia the numbers are white on a black background. The number plates are made to uniform dimensions. There are made either of painted or pressed metal, with the exception of some special series number plates.

In Japan there are two classes of number plates. One is Prefectural which can be used nationwide. Another is Municipal which does not allow the vehicle to go out of a specific area. The class and type of the vehicle determine the different colours of the number plates. For private vehicles which have less than 660 cc, the characters are written by black text over a yellow background. Vehicles more than 660cc use green text over a white background.

In Mexico, the number plates have different designs. The designs of the number plates can be changed according to the owners. There are many categories in the Mexican number plates. They are classified as public, private, private fronteriza, public fronteriza, and Armada de Mexico to name a few.

There are people all over the world that are prepared to pay anything to have personalised (or vanity) plates, which is a number plate with custom numbers. They will pay extra fees for these special plates, and use it to display some of their personality. Personalised plate owners may choose to create their own custom number plates, which will be different from the regular number plate. They can personalise these number plates according to their choice, though in most countries there are limitations regarding the modifications that can be made. In the UK, for example, there are only three standard typefaces that may legally be used on a custom number plate. Demon Plates can create a wide range of plates using these typefaces, so whether you have a standard number plate for your country or a personalised registration, try our custom number plate builder to see how you could jazz up your numbers!

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