License Plates in the US

In the US, license plates are typically issued by the DMV. There are a couple of exceptions though: In Washington DC plates are issued by the District government, and on Native American Indian reservations license plates are issued by the reservation in some cases. The US government also has its own plates that it issues to its fleet of vehicles and for vehicles owned by foreign diplomats. This is a change to the former policy where individual states would issue the plates for the foreign diplomats in those states. That policy changed in the 1980’s and now the federal government has control of issuing license plates for foreign diplomats. The appearance of license plates varies a lot depending on the state it was issued. License plates commonly have slogans, colors, symbols, and drawings of things unique to the issuing state, and in many cases the state may issue several different styles of plates.

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