Personalized License Plates also known as Vanity Plates, can be seen just about anywhere and everywhere these days… Do you have one too?
What does your Personalized Plate say about you – are you sharing your sense fun and individuality?
The other day I saw one that said “SHEEREGO” and it was on a big truck.
I had to laugh, as it struck a chord – and the conversation with my husband (while we were finishing up our morning walk) went a little like this…
“Did you see that truck’s plate – I think it said Sheer Ego (laugh out loud – chuckle – giggle) – I wonder what he’s trying to say about himself (or herself – as I didn’t see the driver)…”
My husband just laughed back at me like I was crazy – but I knew he was thinking something similar.
We’ve seen quite a few vanity plates in our neck of the woods – I wish I’d taken some photos – as now I can’t remember them all, if there were spaces, graphics, etc. Ones that we see regularly are:
In Ontario – your vanity plate message is your own creation… it’s a reflection of you and your personality – or maybe it’s a business message that you’re wanting to have. You can use your nickname (or your real name), a favourite hobby, the type of vehicle you drive, your favourite sport, or just about any other unique message you can come up with (within the limited characters allowed).
What ever the case – the choice is yours.
I love the challenging ones, you know the ones that pass you by on the HWY and you have to do a double take to try to see all the characters, and then figure out the saying – it’s like a game, and you feel proud when you figure it out.
When you’re dreaming up your personal plate choices – don’t forget to consider if your message is transferable between vehicles (of course your plate is – you own the plate). But what I’m referring to, is will the message suit a truck or car or even the family mini van? Remember… your vanity plate can last a lifetime, but your vehicle likely will not!
And before you go picking your brain for your perfect plate message, you may want to review the other guidelines as set out by the province of Ontario:
- Your plate message may be created using almost any combination of letters and numbers.
- Passenger vehicle plates are allowed to have a combination of between 2 and 8 letters and/or numbers (with no graphic)
- Passenger vehicle plates wanting to add a graphic are permitted to use 2 to 6 characters (letters and/or numbers)
- Commercial Vehicle plates may have between 2 and 8 characters with no graphics or 2 to 6 characters with a graphic (same as passenger vehicles)
- Motorcycles on the other hand may not have a graphic and are only permitted to have between 2 and 5 characters (letters and/or numbers)
- You may have a blank space or hyphen
- Unfortunately – you’re not allowed to use only numbers – letters must be used too.
- You cannot use more than 4 identical characters in sequence
- You cannot try to obtain a slogan that is already in use (that should be obvious…)
- In the event that your desired plate is already taken – take heed to this point… interchangeable letters/numbers may also be rejected if you’re applying for an identical plate using an interchangeable character (i.e. S/5, A/4, G/6, Q/O)
- Regarding Graphics – you cannot create your own, but there are over 60 plate graphics already approved for use to choose from…
- You cannot request a personalized plate that contains “obscene,” “derogatory” or “racist” language, as it will be declined.
- Plate requests that make a direct reference to alcohol, criminal activity, drugs, law enforcement, public figures, politics, religion, sex or violence, may also be rejected.
While googling personalized plates, in order to share a few images with you, I came across this cool site with some cool vanity plates (and I’m sure there are others out there too).
So what does your personalized plate say about you…
Care to share your vanity plate slogan and why your chose it? We’d love to hear all about it.
I don’t have one myself… but years ago as I was dreaming up my personalized plate –
I came up with – RTRBFLYN – care to take a guess at what it says?