Standard License Plate Dimensions

by Jennifer DermodyUpdated June 07, 2023
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In 1905, individuals were responsible for making their own license plates or stenciling their license numbers on the fronts and backs of their vehicles. Today there are standard, required plates for vehicles, strictly monitored by the motor vehicle division of each state's government.

Vehicle Plates

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Vehicles must be registered and current license plates are proof of registration. A standard license plate is 12" x 6" for regular automobile, commercial, and trailer license plates. It is attached to the vehicle with screws through two standard screw holes.

Motorcycle and Golf Cart Plates

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To register a motorcycle or golf cart there is an associated fee and plate requirement. A standard, regular, small size tag or license plate is 4-inches by 7-inches.

License Plate Design

License plates are standard size throughout the 50 states. All plates are made of durable aluminum and of similar design, with allowed variations of font, logo design and vanity options.

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