Why do some US states put county names on their license plates?
October 25, 2013 1:02 PM Subscribe
Some states print the full county names on their plates and I know a few other states indicate counties by letter or numerical codes. Why is this necessary?
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This seems to be mostly prevalent in the southern states. My only experience owning a car was in Minnesota, where the standard plates contained just random letters and numbers. And strangely Florida, where my girlfriend is living temporarily, seems to have county names everywhere except Miami-Dade.
Related questions: Is this actually done mostly in southern states and if so, why? Do these states require you to re-register and get new plates if you move to a different county? Is this for tax purposes? Isn't this all rather inefficient? And what's up with Florida?