Centennial Plate is First on Santa’s Wish List

Santa Got His. Are you going to get yours?


Georgetown – Santa Claus stopped by the Division of Motor Vehicles Nov. 18, 2008 to pick up his very own limited edition Centennial Plate. Fittingly, Santa’s Centennial Plate is a vanity plate with his name – SANTA – on it.

While the wait was short, he took a few wishes from surprised DMV customers and staff. Upon receiving his plate, he went outside and immediately put it on his “other” mode of transportation, a passenger car. “Even I have to follow the law and drive a legal vehicle on the roadways,” said Santa. “I’m still hoping to get a Centennial Plate on my sleigh.”

Santa’s lone wish may have been granted, but he’s also received orders from others who have asked for their very own Centennial Plate. Santa, who has a summer residence in Delaware, is working with DMV to fill those orders.

The Centennial Plate is a great gift for the holidays for a loved one or for yourself, and perfect for someone who already has everything, just like Santa. Order before Nov. 21 to receive the plate prior to the holiday, or request a gift certificate suitable for wrapping for orders placed between Nov. 22 and Dec. 15. Call (302) 760-2080 to order a certificate after you order. Order with a credit card online at www.dmv.de.gov or visit any DMV office. Call (302) 744-2503 for more information. The plates cost $100 each.

The Centennial Plate comes in heritage gold and black onyx background and celebrates the very first Delaware plate, produced in 1909. Delaware is the first state to produce a commemorative license plate of this kind, and it is already a valued collectible. Plate sales started Oct. 1, 2008 and end Dec. 31, 2009.

In the first month of sales, the DMV, a division of the Department of Transportation (DelDOT), has sold almost 1,000 Centennial Plates. The first orders have arrived so there are only a handful of vehicles statewide that display the unique new plate. Don’t wait. Upgrade your ride today, or better yet, upgrade the ride of a friend or loved one.

The Centennial License Plate may be displayed on all vehicles except motorcycles, mopeds, and IRP apportioned vehicles. 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. By honoring the first state-issued plates the DMV is giving the public the opportunity to own a piece of Delaware history. This offering allows the public to purchase something of value now that will increase in value over time. Proceeds from the palte sales will be used to supplement the Transportation Trust Fund and enhance DMV customer service via online services and technology enhancements.