Rohit Sethi- () • 07/06/2003 00:53:08 AM
Vehicle number plate is called license plate in Motor Vehicles in each state in USA. Unlike India, license plates are pre-printed and you don't have to get the number painted on the plate.
Each state has different license plate and state name is written on the top. Most of the states also have some slogan that is printed on the license plate. For example, Massachusetts has 'Spirit of America', New Jersey has 'Garden State' etc.
Each state has default license plate. But you can also get different looking license plate at additional fee. Such license plate may have different colors or themes such as animal preservation, info. about some museum, etc.
Normally the vehicle license plate numbers are assigned by Dept. of Motor Vehicles(DMV). But if you want you can request them to have any number you like. Such as I could ask 'Rohit 76' if I wanted and if that number were not in use, and it is no abusive or slang language.
In most states, license plates are required in front and rear of the car. But in some states like Delaware, Pennsylvania and Florida, license plate is needed only in the rear and not in the front. I know of a friend who moved from Pennsylvania to Virginia and he had to have additional holes drilled in the front of the car to fix front license plate.
License plates belong to the person and not to the vehicle. That means, if you sell your car, you keep your license plates and not give it to the buyer. You can use those license plates for your another car or you can return it to DMV.
Buyer who bought your car has to contact DMV to his own license plates.