***So I bought some original vanity plates for my new 2012 Ford pick up. Myplates.com offers many different styles of Luxury plates that aren’t exactly cheap. I found this one that looked pretty original, it was a Dr Pepper plate. I won’t tell you how much I paid for them, but the plates turn a lot of heads, including the POLICE !
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I’m driving through Marble Falls, Tx and I have the police scanner on in my truck. I work in direct sales, and also an alarm technician dealing with home owners in various Texas neighborhoods. So being an out-of-towner in some cases I tune in to the local PD. ANYway…. As I took a lunch break I’m driving down the main drag on my way to Dairy Queen and this female officer is right on my trail. She never lit up but as I looked at her in my rear view mirror, I hear on the scanner saying “Rolling 28, verify registration on Texas – Adam, Henry,Henry,Henry,Henry,Henry… LOL The dispatcher returned the plate and said it was a 2012 Ford registered out of Corpus Christi, expires May 2013, No 29, no locals. LOL The officer then signaled left and turned off LOL …Love it Love it Love it !!
Got a burger on your plate? Or a snake? Texas has more than 140 license designs
Posted: 12:00 a.m. Friday, May 3, 2013
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License plate games can ease road-weariness
Jimmy Maddox’s Dr Pepper license plate got him followed by a Marble Falls police officer.
Lance Spracklen says he “had to have” the license plate to go with his burnt orange Corvette.
Rick Ciemny chose the “Don’t Tread on Me” template for his DUKTRK license plate.
Rick Ciemny chose the “Don’t Tread on Me” design for his personalized license plate for a truck he plans to decorate in duck camouflage.
BY HELEN ANDERS – AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Lance Spracklen has a burnt orange Corvette with a burnt orange Texas license plate that reads BURNT.
Carbonated beverage fan Jimmy Maddox’s license plate pictures a Dr Pepper can and reads AHHHHH.
When duck hunter Rick Ciemny, whose plate reads DUKTRK, went looking for a license plate design for his pickup, he chose one that pictures a coiled snake with the legend: Don’t Tread on Me.
Meanwhile, most of us have that really boring black-and-white license plate — chosen by the state last summer as the official default Texas plate — adorned by one small black star and a tiny image of Texas between the letters and numbers — that looks like a prisoner made it.
A prisoner did make it. A serious bad guy in Huntsville maximum security, to be precise. But these prisoners also made Spracklen’s lovely burnt orange plate, along with Maddox’s Dr Pepper one and Ciemny’s snake one. They also turn out Texas license plates — completely legal for your car to wear — that picture cheeseburgers and pandas.
There are more than 140 plate designs you can, for a fee, choose, whether or not you want to also include a personal message in the letters on your plate.
You can choose a license plate with a red background, or one that’s blue, maroon, green or fuchsia. Your license plate can be yellow and black with a sunflower on it. It can picture the Texas flag, the American flag or the 4-H clover.
Your license plate can display your school colors and mascot, even if you graduated from Florida State, the University of Kentucky or Missouri. Your plate can proclaim your love for the San Antonio Spurs, NASCAR, the Fort Worth Zoo or wild turkeys (the beasts, not the beverages).
In addition to Dr Pepper, commercial interests you can endorse with your license plates include Ford, Freebirds, Mighty Fine and several real estate companies.
And those are just a smattering of the plates available at myplates.com. Myplates is a private company contracted by the state to sell specialty license plates. The cost of one of these non-boring plate designs starts at $55 a year (in addition to the usual registration fee you pay the state), with some discounts for choosing the plate for five or 10 years.
Adding special lettering to the plate — say, BURNT instead of OER 392 — costs between $85 to $395 a year, again with discounts for longer periods. And if you want to get along with the State of Texas, you will not call this a vanity plate. “That’s not a word we use,” says Myplates spokeswoman Kim Drummond, calling it perjorative (and we can imagine the maximum-security guys in Huntsville glowering). The plate, she says, is a specialty plate.
Spracklen signed up for BURNT for 10 years, an act that set him back $595.
“My wife had some concerns about the expense,” he says, “but I just had to get it.” Like he just had to get the Corvette, he says. Spracklen, by the way, didn’t attend UT. The computer engineer went to Colorado Tech. But, hey, he lives in Austin, and he loves his Horns.
Ciemny says the same thing about his “Don’t Tread on Me” snake: “I just had to have that plate.” It is affixed to his Ford Raptor, which he is in the process of tricking out in mossy oak duck blind (a brushy pattern of camouflage designed to hide you from ducks).
“This truck is destined to be really unique by the time I’m done,” he says.
These Texans were not willing to settle for the ordinary, general-issue Texas plate, which, by the way, was chosen — according to Texas Department of Motor Vehicles website — because it’s easy for law enforcement officers to read and because, the site adds: “Black and white goes with any vehicle color.” Of course, you know, we’re all worried about our plates clashing with our cars.
But let’s talk about the easy-for-police-to-read thing. The simple black-and-white plates do seem easy to read. But what about the more than 140 groovy plate designs? Do they confuse the constabulary?
Apparently, they do. Maddox says he was tooling down the road in Marble Falls one afternoon when he noticed a Marble Falls Police car following him.
“She kept tailing me, and I turned, and she was still tailing me,” he says. It happens that Maddox is in the home security business and had a police scanner in his car, on which he heard his license plate called out: “Adam-Henry-Henry-Henry-Henry-Henry.” About a minute later, the police car peeled off.
“I guess she was trying to find out if it was real,” he says of his Dr Pepper plate.
Drummond says law enforcement agencies are issued pictures of all the acceptable plates, and every single design has to pass state standards for legibility and reflectivity. That doesn’t mean it will play in Marble Falls.
How are acceptable license designs chosen? Some (such as the controversial “Choose Life” plate) went through legislative approval. But many are simply considered saleable by myplates.com. If you own a business — Mighty Fine, for example — and can make a case to the Myplates folks that a certain number of people will buy a license plate with a cheeseburger on it, they’ll mint the plate.
After all, the business is a business, and it makes money for Texas: $15.2 million since Myplates started marketing the special plates in 2009, Drummond says.
There’s no license plate that says, “My car helps pay the state’s bills,” but there are a couple of dozen that carry sweet sentiments about the Lone Star State, including one with a barbed-wire border, one with a colorful field of wildflowers across the bottom and one that pictures a cannon with the historic words, “Come and Take It.” Of course, you might want to avoid that one if you’re a little iffy on your car payments.