Standard License Plate Dimensions

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Standard License Plate Dimensions
Standard size number plates (number plates image by timur1970 from Fotolia.com)

In 1905, individuals were responsible for making their own number plates or stencilling their license numbers on the fronts and backs of their vehicles. Today there are standard, required plates for vehicles, strictly monitored by the motor vehicle division of each state's government.

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Vehicle Plates

Vehicles must be registered and current number plates are proof of registration. A standard, regular, full size number plate or tag is 6-inches by 12-inches. It is attached to the vehicle with screws through two standard screw holes.

Standard License Plate Dimensions
Register your vehicles. (a car in a car show image by Gary from Fotolia.com)

Motorcycle and Golf Cart Plates

To register a motorcycle or golf cart there is an associated fee and plate requirement. A standard, regular, small size tag or number plate is 4-inches by 7-inches.

Standard License Plate Dimensions
Motorcycles require smaller plates. (motorcycle image by Goran Bogicevic from Fotolia.com)

Number Plate Design

Number plates are standard size throughout the 50 states. All plates are made of durable aluminium and of similar design, with allowed variations of font, logo design and vanity options.

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