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Sample license plates are manufactured, usually at State or Provincial correctional industries and/or private license plate manufacturer(s), for use mainly by federal, state and local government agencies in order to familiarize themselves with newly issued plate designs.

There are two types of sample plates - those manufactured for distribution to the general public, and others that are made for internal (in-house) use only. For example, the State of Georgia or the New York State generally do not distribute sample license plates to the general public. Yet, they do produce samples of their license plate designs for their internal use.

Numerous Departments of Motor Vehicles and Motor Vehicle Administration Offices across the nation have nice displays of sample license plates. Contact your local Motor Vehicles branch for additional information regarding their license plate displays.

Today, many states and provinces offer sample license plate(s) to collectors for their educational and/or research purposes. You may also find some sample plates offered at my ebay store from time to time.

This site contains scanned images of license plates for your viewing enjoyment. The images archived here are from my collection, and I will be updating this site as I obtain new plates. If you have any sample plate that you are willing to part with and is listed on my want list, please contact me with the details of your plate. I hope that you will come back and visit often. Nick

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