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ALPCA's Best Plate of 2019

It's time to vote for your favorite new plate. The deadline is March 3, 2019.

Québec Tamaoulipas Delaware Iowa Idaho Kentucky Montana North-Carolina New-York Oregon Rhode-Island Washington West-Virgina

Vote For Your Favorite Best New Plate

By Gus Oliver #8407, Best Plate Award Coordinator

Wow!! I am excited to say that for 2019 we have an awesome lineup of plates from which to choose. New license plate designs were nominated from 14 jurisdictions to compete for the award as the best new plate of 2019. One of the nominations was a plate issued in October 2018, but it was not nominated last year when it would have been eligible to compete. Therefore, we have 13 qualified plates from 11 U.S. states, 1 Canadian province, and 1 Mexican state. If you don't like any of these, you must not like license plates anymore.

As always, the criteria for this contest include both legibility and attractiveness. Even the most attractive plate fails to serve its basic purpose of identification if the plate number or name of the jurisdiction cannot be read. All of the plates are truly attractive and legible, so I felt it was best to let everyone choose from all of them with no attempt to thin the entries.

Of the plates nominated, the Tamaulipas (Mexico) plate is the only true general issue; however, the North Carolina plate is a no-extra-cost optional plate (not to be confused with another N.C. extra-cost In God We Trust issue). Optional plates on the ballot include Delaware Sport Fishing, Idaho Pet Friendly, Iowa Blackout, Kentucky University of Louisville, Montana Chippewa Cree Tribe, New York United We Stand (Remember 9/11), Oregon Smokey the Bear, Rhode Island Wildlife Rehabilitative Association, Washington San Juan Islands, West Virginia Elk Wildlife and the Quebec Veteran plate.

In the past, two of our winners were later redesigned as the result of poor legibility from a distance. The plates looked great up close. To avoid a similar situation in the future, I would suggest that you view these plates as shown in the magazine from across the room to get a more realistic perspective of how they would appear in real circumstances. This would apply to not only the legibility but the attractiveness as well.

Several of the nominations lacked quality photos of actual plates. Rather than excluding any plates, we have used the best images we could find, or of samples. Although photos of real plates are preferred, I ask that you judge each plate on the contest criteria and not let your vote be affected by which plates are samples. The photos will also be posted on the ALPCA website along with a copy of this article.

Enclosed with this issue is a Best Plate Award ballot with the instructions. Please vote for your first, second and third choices. Your first choice will receive 5 points, your second choice 3 points and your third choice 1 point. The plate with the most points wins. Feel free to vote for only one or two plates if you choose. Vote by email OR by returning the paper ballot, but not both. To vote by email, please list your first, second and third choices in that order along with your name and ALPCA number to Or you can fill out the ballot, scan or take a picture of it and email it to If you vote both ways, neither of your votes will be counted. Feel free to comment on any or all of them as I enjoy sharing as many of your comments as possible in the article with the results. Due to time constraints, however, I will not be able to reply. I would suggest that overseas members vote by email to avoid missing the deadline due to postal delays. YOUR VOTE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE - SEVERAL PAST CONTESTS HAVE BEEN CLOSE ENOUGH THAT ONE VOTE COULD HAVE CHANGED THE WINNER.

One plate entered this year was designed by an ALPCA member. Another was nominated by five different members while each of the others were nominated by only one member. I won't risk prejudicing your vote by telling you which plates these are until the voting is over.

I would like to thank the following members for participating by either nominating a plate and/or supplying a photo: Danny Beard #7042, Bill Becker #5731, Jean-Francois Breton #7720, Wayne Brewer #5216, Scott Broady #2979, Chris Buonanno #11984, George Chase #6321, Keith Dickson #12184, Mike Haugh #12676, Joe Hurd #1925, Todd Hyder #12059, John Kelly #3883, Robert Kenady #9677, Rick Kretchmer #9652, Gary Monroe #10746, Bernie Pankowski #9742, Robert Ross #6925, Mike Sells #6464 and Cody Skoff #11805. Many of these were first-time participants, so I want to especially thank each of you. If you contributed in any way and I omitted your name, please let me know and it will be included in the announcement article.

This program is one of the few ways we can have a positive impact on DMV officials, so I encourage everyone to vote. The deadline for me to RECEIVE your ballot by regular mail OR email is March 3 at midnight CST. Due to publication deadlines, I regret that any ballots received after that date cannot be included in the official results. Once the results are tabulated and the winning jurisdiction has been notified, the results will be released on the announcement and discussion lists, along with being posted on our website. I thank you in advance for your participation!

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