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Wow, you have to be a major gearhead to look at a plate and know what's going on then.
It's much more simple here. They give random plates in order and then you can apply for a personalized plate. In Illinois, a personalized plate ending in a number was only like $15, but a full vanity without numbers was $75. You can transfer a plate car to car or get a new plate when you get a car.
They used to have the plates be certain colors for certain states, much like the old Formula One color for originating country (British Green, Italian Red, French Blue, etc.) but now every state has plates to choose with different designs. There were 14 different free designs for Florida. I got the "Conserve Wildlife" one because it has a big bear on it, as a subtle reference the gay bear community I belong to.
The bear plates only allow 5 characters, but I stuck with the random stuff.
I hate all the different plates now, because when people have those stupid big advertisement frames that are faded, you cannot tell which state they are from when you see them do a hit and run.