Centennial Plate a Finalist for 2008 Best License Plate Award

First Time a Delaware Plate Design Has Been Considered


Dover – Delaware’s Limited Edition Centennial License Plate has been selected as a finalist in the American License Place Collectors Association (ALPCA) 2008 Best License Plate Award Program. The black onyx & heritage gold colored plate – which honors the 100th anniversary of the license plate in Delaware – was selected for its combination of attractiveness and legibility of design.

Introduced last fall as a way to promote the history and allure of license plates in the state, the Centennial Plate shares the nomination list with five other states including Alaska, Minnesota, Oklahoma, South Carolina and Wyoming. Before determining the top six license plate designs for 2008, ALPCA considered over 100 possible nominations from across the country, Washington, D.C., and United States territories.

Tim Stentiford, the Best Plate Award Program coordinator said, “The new Delaware Centennial Plate has been the talk of the plate world since its introduction last year. It has gotten lots of attention and looks like a real contender to be chosen as the Best Plate for 2008.”

The winning plate will be chosen by a vote of ALPCA members based on two criteria—attractiveness and legibility. ALPCA is the world’s oldest and largest organization devoted to license plates, and is comprised of collectors, historians, researchers, and advocates of public road safety. Founded in 1954, ALPCA is a non-profit organization with over 3500 members in all 50 states and around the world.

Often referred to as the “Miss America pageant” of license plates, ALPCA has sponsored the national Best License Plate Award Program competition since 1970. The goal of the program is designed to promote law enforcement and road safety with clear, legible license plates that can been seen moving on the road and at a distance; and to promote the state and its tourism and development brand, other special events & celebrations.

The Centennial License plate promotion 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. Proceeds from the plate sales will be used to supplement the Transportation Trust Fund and enhance DMV customer service via online services and technology enhancements.

Centennial Plates may be displayed on all vehicles except motorcycles, mopeds, and IRP apportioned vehicles. Centennial Plate numbering will match the number currently assigned to the registered vehicle. All numerical plates and those with prefixes PC, RV, FT, C, CL, T, and D, as well as all vanity plates are permitted.

The Centennial Plate is available for purchase for $100 through December 31, 2009. Orders can be placed with a credit card online at www.dmv.de.gov or visit any DMV office. Call (302) 744-2503 for more information.