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Old 09-12-2013, 11:29 AM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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Only my first car from the 1980s. I don't even know the license numbers of my two current cars.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:34 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley AZ
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How far back in your life can you remember the license numbers on your family's cars?

I can remember 628-907 on my dad's car, plated in 1942, and not replaced until after the war. He didn't drive it for two years during the war, due to rationing.

I remember almost all the plate numbers I've ever had, up to about 20 years ago, and then old age memory sets in. My first 7-digit number was in 1959, an Alabama number 47-24061. There were very few 7-digit plates in the US that early, I think only Florida and Alabama had sequences that went over 6. Florida actually got up to a few 10-digit numbers. The lowest number I ever had was BRV-8 in Kansas, where BRV represented county and expiration month, and the progressive license number was 8.
The only one I remember is from the 60s, in Oregon. It was 8A303. I also remember the phone number I had back then. Don't remember ANY license/phone numbers since. Weird! Or maybe because I've just had too many of each!

I do have my current license plate memorized but only because I've done quite a few road trips and had to have it to register in motels. Got tired of running outside to see what it was!
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:38 AM
 
Location: Vermont
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Yea, my childhood Volvo wagon license plate is my computer password at work! This goes back, 25 years ago.

I've had a few cars myself, that I just do not remember the plate numbers of though. They didn't stick I guess.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:52 AM
 
Location: Colorado Plateau
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When I lived in Wyoming I had 3 41A
3 is for the county. It's easy to get a low number license plate in WY.
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Old 09-12-2013, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Nescopeck, Penna. (birthplace)
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One of my old PA license plate number that I had to give up when moving out of state.


8888218


I think they stop allowing all numbers not too longer after I got it in the early 90s.
My current plate has a "1" and 3 "8"'s; kind of pleased that one of those "8"s was not a second "1", due to a poker tradition with which some people here might be familiar.
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:35 PM
 
Location: Long Island
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The days we pumped our gas and had to go inside to pay (no pay at the pump), we'd have to tell them our plate number. That was back in the 90s and I'd always go in with my dad. Those were also the days we'd get free stuff like Jets or Giants glasses with our fill-up.
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Old 09-12-2013, 12:52 PM
 
Location: Centennial, CO
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I still remember all of mine although I've only had three different license plate numbers. Most I transfered to my new vehicle when I would switch. My first was ZHX1171, and then my second was RYSER1 (no not "Ricer" ha ha).
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Just in keeping with my informative poster status, I mentioned above that Florida had 10-digit numbers way back in the 70s. There was a county prefix, in which the number indicated the county, in order of population, so the numbers 1-9 would represent the most populout counties. Broward was assigned 10, and the population of the Fort Lauderdale area then exploded, running above 99999 in plate numbers, so 10-123456 would become an 8 digit plate. But between the two, there was a letter that represented the weight class of the car, and W was for heavy cars. A few cars were over 4,500 pounds, and got a WW tax indicator. The plates were stamped with a small "10" above a small "ww", which became a 10-digit number when the serials went over 100000.

Which inspired Florida to quickly switch to the ABC-123 format.
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:42 PM
 
Location: Indiana (USA)
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I can't even remember the one that is on my car now!
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Old 09-12-2013, 01:47 PM
 
Location: Monnem Germany/ from San Diego
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Only remember my first and my present. First was CA 304 AKU a 1970 Ford Van I had in about 82 .
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