The History Of The License Plate [Infographic]

History-Of-License-PlatesThe very first license plates were introduced in 1884 in Victoria, Canada. However they were not for cars, but for horse-drawn carriage taxis. It wasn’t until 1893 that national license plates were introduced for cars in France. The United States followed suit by a law enforcing them in 1901 in New York.

Today every car is required to have a government issued license plate. Usually a random combination of numbers and letters is assigned for each car. However, it is possible to buy a meaningful custom license plate, called a vanity plate. For example, in the United Arab Emirates, the plate “1” sold for $14,000,000.


Infographic by DriveSteady

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One Comment

  • jenny

    There are so many cheap Irish number plates available online and it’s a good thing to know that we are able to know the history or where license plates came from. It’s a good way to deal with cars and criminals as well.

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