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How to Make My Own Number Plate

Updated April 17, 2017

Customising your number plate (or number plate) can be as simple as filling out an online form and using a credit card to pay. Number plates can be created using various alphanumeric sequences and many people choose to have a custom number plate to reflect a personalised slogan or name. The alphanumeric plates on the front or back end of a car are called number plates (or registration plates) in the United Kingdom and Europe and number plates in the USA and Canada.

Locate your country's driving authority website or nearest branch to you.

Decide what you would like your number plate to read or say. You can choose a combination of letters and numbers for your customised number plate.

Apply for a customised number plate (also called a vanity plate) in the United States through your state's Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). Applications for vanity plates can be found online through each state's DMV website. The website has a search function that allows you to check if your desired number plate is readily available. A fee is applied for purchasing a vanity plate, and two copies of the application must be send to the DMV with proper payment.

Customise a number plate in the United Kingdom through the Driving Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) website. You can choose 10 alphanumeric characters, and a quick search on their website will let you know whether your chosen series is available. Available number plates are auctioned through the website..

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About the Author

Nicole Carlin is a yoga and dance teacher and founder of POP Fizz Academy in Philadelphia. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in psychology from Temple University and a Master of Arts in gender and sexuality, politics from Birkbeck University, London. Carlin has written about dance, crafts, travel and alternative health for eHow, Trails.com and Demand Studios.