Everything has a birthday -- and in this case it's the license plate. Specifically, it's the date recognizing the first time license plates were used in Texas -- which was 100 years ago.
To mark the occasion, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles will introduce a specialty plate commemorating the 100th anniversary of license plates in Texas.
The first 100 to buy the plate will receive a special plate pattern with "100" as the first three characters followed by three letters starting with "AAA."
The plates features include:
- The seal in the center of the plate is reminiscent of the 1917 radiator seal.
- The top corners of the plate include "19" and "17."
- The plate includes security threads and the word "TEXAS" on a white background just as it is on the current general-issue plate.
"License plate technology has significantly improved since the early days of Texas license plates. Plates were originally produced through a die stamping process on sheet iron. The first 300,000 plates were so heavy they had to be shipped by train and filled 20 rail cars.
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Today, Texas plates are produced on aluminum and without die stamping allowing for a more efficient production process for all plates, including specialty plates. TxDMV currently offers 420 plate designs with several new plates being added as a result of bills passed during the 85th Legislative Session," the department said in a news release.
The plates are available Sept. 1 for $30 per year. No new orders will be accepted after Aug. 31, 2018.
"Texans enjoy their license plates," said TxDMV Board Chairman Raymond Palacios Jr. "The primary purpose of a license plate is public safety, but the specialty license plate program allows drivers to give their plates a more personal touch. Plate enthusiasts, collectors, historians and everyday Texans can commemorate this 100-year milestone by displaying a piece of plate history."
To learn more about Texas license plate history and see the design of every general-issue plate for the past 100 years, visit 100Plates.TxDMV.gov.