Novelty Number Plates are metal plates that are made like any government issue licence plates, but have only novelty value. They cannot be used as an official identification on a vehicle to signify registration. They are called license plates, plates or tags in some countries. In Australia, registration of motor vehicles is managed by the relevant State authority rather than the federal authority.
They are made from steel and are able to be used outdoors, due to the baked painting process, similar to the process used for manufacturing genuine registration plates, however they will eventually fade, as real number plates do, when exposed to the elements for long periods of time. They can be protected by a plastic protector.
There are many standard plates available, for example:
Car related – Ford, Falcon, Mustang, Jaguar, Mercedes, Mini, VW, and almost every make of vehicle
Heavy Transport related – Ford Trucks, Kenworth
Motor Cycle related – Harley Davidson, Indian
Character related – Betty Boop, Popeye, Elmo
Movie related – Starwars, Disney characters
Sport related – Soccer, Baseball, Rugby, League, AFL And many more
There are two common sizes available- USA (300mm x 150mm) and Australian (370mm x 130mm).
Some suppliers will also provide novelty number plates to a buyers own wording, but be aware, manufacture and delivery to your door will usually take a few weeks. There are rules for the number of characters per line and there are only a limited range of colors available. Copyright and licensed logos cannot be used without permission from the owner of the copyright or license. Reputable manufacturers will let you know what is possible.
The most popular novelty number plates tend to be the “fun stuff” and the car related ones. The “fun plates” are plates with sayings on them, about professions and pastimes, like fisherman, golfers, firemen etc. Alcohol and location related plates are also popular. The car related include makes and models of cars, sayings about cars and racing car drivers.
They are available from some men’s gifts stores and online. They are a robust item and are rarely damaged in the post when purchased from a reputable retailer. The care of novelty number plates is straight forward and they last for a long time.
Another item related to novelty number plates is the surround. The surrounds are available with many different slogans printed on them.
A reminder – the novelty number plates cannot be used for registration purposes.
Start collecting this inexpensive item or arrange a gift for someone who thinks he or she has everything!