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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.

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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