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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.

History-Of-License-Plates-Infographic

Infographic by DriveSteady

Paul Tomaszewski is the founder of CosmoBC.com and CosmoDez.com. He enjoys programming and writing on topics such as technology, business, astronomy, and many more. He also has a personal blog called PaulTomBlog.com.

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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