Since sales began October 1, 2008, nearly 8,000 of the black onyx and heritage gold colored plates have been sold. The plate design proved to be popular with license plate enthusiasts, and received the award for “Best Plate of the Year” from the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA) in May 2009.
The DMV conducted promotional drawings during the course of the sales period and awarded new low-digit license plates to winners of the contests. The final four-digit plate winner was Justin Rathmanner of Wilmington, who was picked at random from state-wide entries on December 16, at the Wilmington DMV lanes.
The unique plate design is a celebration of 100 years since the first state-issued license plate was produced in 1909. Delaware is the first state ever to produce a commemorative license plate of this kind. Several other “firsts” for the awarding winning plate include being the first fully embossed license plate with raised letters and numbers in Delaware since 1941, as well as being the first optional license plate in the world where the validation sticker colors were designed to match the colors of the plate itself.
Centennial Plate numbering matches the plate number currently assigned to the registered vehicle, and may be displayed on all registered Delaware vehicles except motorcycles, mopeds, and IRP apportioned vehicles.