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Pictured above are license plates displayed on a street side fence by a street side plate maker.
And here are some interesting tids and bits about license plates:
- Lincense plates have been in existence for as long as automobiles. The first appeared during the transition from horse-drawn carts to automobiles, between 1890 - 1910.
- The first country to introduce a national license plate was the Netherlands in 1898. The first licenses consisted only of numbers.
- In the United States, license plates were not originally issued by the goverment. Individual owners of motor vehicles had to make their own. Masschusetts and West Viriginia were the first states to issue license plates in 1903. New York State required motor vehicles to have license plates in 1901, but did not issue them. Individual motor vehicle owners had to make them themselves.
- License plates have not always been made of metal. At one time they were made of porcelain baked onto iron, plain ceramic, carton, plastic, copper, and even pressed soybeans!
- License plates are collectible objects and there are groups and organizations dedicated to this.
Indonesian License Plates consist of a combination of alphabets and numbers. The initial letter(s) indicate the region in which the vehicle is registered, the numbers are the unique identification number the vehicle, and the letters at the end are the serial code or district identification. Indonesian license plates are basically categorized into the following:
- Commercial vehicles: a yellow background and black numbering.
- Private vehicles: a black background with white letters.
- Government vehicles: red with white fonts.
- Dealer plates: white with red letters.
- Military plates for Army, Navy, Air Force, and also the Police.
- Diplomatic corps: white plates and black numbering with "CD" prefix.