History of License Plates

License plates have been around for longer than there have been cars. France was the first country to introduce the registration plate with the approval of the Paris police ordinance on August 14, 1893, followed by Germany in 1896. The Netherlands was the first country to introduce A national registration, in 1898. Initially, these plates were numbered simply sequentially, starting at 1, but this was changed in 1906.
In the United States, where every state publishes dishes, the state of New York has required plates since 1903 (black numbers on white background) after being asked in 1901 that only the owner’s initials were clearly visible to the rear of the vehicle. At first, dishes are not issued by the government in most jurisdictions and motorists are required to do their own. In 1903, Massachusetts became the first state to issue plaques.
British plates were first needed from January 1, 1904 by the 1903 Motor Motor Act.
The oldest plates were made of porcelain cooked with iron or ceramic support, which made them fragile and impractical. Few of these entries survived. Subsequent experimental materials include cardboard, leather, plastic and, in case of war shortage, copper and pressed soybeans.
The plates of the early twentieth century, varied in size and shape from one jurisdiction to another, so if someone moved, it would take to drill new holes in the car (often on the bumper) to Support the new board of directors. Standardization of plates came in 1957, when car manufacturers reached agreement with governments and international standardization organizations. Although there are particular local variations, there are three basic standards around the world:
520 by 110 mm (4.3 inches 20.5) or 520 by 120 mm (4.7 inches 20.5) – in most European countries and many of its former overseas territories, as well as North Korea and South Korea.
305 by 152 mm (6.0 inches 12.0) or 305 by 160 mm (6.3 inches 12.0) – in most of North America and Central America and parts of South America; From time to time in Switzerland and Liechtenstein; And many countries of the Persian Gulf.
372 by 135 mm (5.3 inches 14.6) – in Australia and other Pacific countries, halfway between the dimensions of the other two standards, longer than Western plates of the hemisphere, but higher than European.