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    State license plates

    I think I read something about a change in license plate technology a month or so ago but I saw my first "changed" plate today. At least in the state of Ohio, new plates are no longer metal but a plastic sheet with the numbers/letters printed on. Now rather than purchasing pre-stamped plates you go the othe DMV/BMV and they use a special printer to print the numbers/letters on the blank plate.

    As always, I fear change and this is no exception. The new plates look goofy. The numbers are no longer raised from the surface but just written on a flat sheet. I like seeing a stamped plate rather than this cheap looking thing. I would hope that for special plates, like Collector and Historic plates you could still get a metal plate. They are good for life once you register the vehicle and I would rather have a nice metal plate on an old vehicle than a piece of plastic.

    Any other states going to this type of plate? What are your thoughts on it?
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    Haven't heard of this, but it sounds dumb - very easy to copy, easier to reflect light and make it harder to read, and easier to break.
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    And I thought Kentucky was silly for having that license plate of that stupid cartoon sun rising.

    I heard about these things about a month and a half ago when my dad was talking about it on a trip to Athens, OH. I don't understand the purpose, they don't sound very durable. Maybe they'll allow for more characters on a license plate or something....maybe not, who knows. I haven't seen any in person yet, but I'm sure they won't make me change my opinion.
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    Here's a little blurb about this from the Ohio BMV website. They have a picture of the new flat plates.

    http://www.state.oh.us/odps/division...tml#Flat_Plate

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    It looks ok from the picture, but I think in person it might be a little different. I don't know, I'll keep my eyes open for these things here at Ohio State's campus, maybe I'll spot one.
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    I also live in Ohio. This will be interesting to see.
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    Looks kinda dopey. If it's only for specialty plates, it makes a little more sense, but I still think it's going to be way too easy to make phoney plates now.
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    I can't believe that I missed the paragraph stating that this system is only for the specialty plates (ie those with an image on them). I guess my plans of someday purchasing an OSU plate for my car will now be dropped. I'll be sticking to the plain-Jane plates to avoid the flat plates.
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    That apple tree branch on that plate looks like something else. Hint:minus the apples.
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    It's not an apple tree. Buckeye, scruff. Though the Ohio State Apples does sound good.
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