Texas Vanity Plates Are Getting Out of Hand

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You want to attract a line of creeps behind you on the freeway? We've got the plate for you.
It wasn't even two years ago that the Texas DMV enlisted a private contractor to design vanity license plates for the state's drivers, one of the first such partnerships in the country. But after 18 months of the contractor throwing just about anything you could think of on Texas bumpers, the state is already considering pulling back.

Reporting live from Pay Wall, Texas, The News writes that the company, My Plates, has whipped up 280 designs since November 2009 -- so many that cops are starting to worry that they won't be able to tell one of the custom plates from a counterfeit one. The state board that oversees the DMV is now considering cracking down on the scope of the designs.

A DMV spokeswoman told The News that tighter controls would hinder the program, which has raked in $5 million for the state. Also: How confusing could the designs be? It's not like they --

What's that? They're literally putting the names and colors of other states on Texas license plates? Maybe this is getting weird, after all. Let's take a look.

Texas-y Plates That Sort of Make Sense
Some of the plates churned out by My Plates are just cool. Like this one, which makes me want to call up Riggins and Saracen, pick up a couple of twelvers and go throw a football through a tire for, like, nine hours. No regrets.

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Other Local-Pride Plates That, While a Little Odd, I Guess Aren't Terrible
Although, the Fort Worth Zoo? I've never been, but they'd pretty much have to let me spoon with a polar bear to make me adorn a car with the logo of a zoo. Little spoon!
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Theme Plates That Are Just Too Much For the Bumper of a 2006 Camry
Little known fact: Bob Ross is My Plates' artistic director.
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Politically Charged Plates That Make Me Want to Drive to the Border and Use Said Plates to Cut a Person-Sized Hole in the Border Fence, Just to Be a Dick
Although at least it has the Texas flag. That's a nice touch.
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Plates That Make Me Hungry
And a hungry driver is a dangerous driver.
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Plates That Are Only Helpful If You Hate Realtors And Want To Avoid Them And Their Unreasonably Sunny Outlook On the Housing Market
"It's the perfect time to buy!" "But I don't have a job." "Exactly! You can get a fixer upper and you'll have plenty of time to fix 'er upper!"
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Texas Plates That Invoke The Names and Symbols of States That Are Not, As Far As I Can Tell, Texas
Or maybe I've just lived here long enough to develop an irrational hate for OU. Ten weeks seems like enough time, don't you think?
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Texas Plates Honoring Mormon Schools in Utah
Yeah, I think it might be time to dial it back some.
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Rob_E
Rob_E

Where did you get that Bob Ross is the artistic director?  Maybe that's a joke I don't get?  He died in 1995.

TXnOK
TXnOK

Nothing beats a plate I saw in OK - The plate is the "Global War on Terrorism" license plate.  The only problem was that a license plate holder that covered the word "Terrorism" So the plate actually read: "GLOBAL WAR ON"  Check it out here: 

http://www.tax.ok.gov/plates/s... right side of the plate that I saw also said WIN in vertical letters. 

The honesty floored me,,,,

getawaysticks
getawaysticks

The FW Zoo is awesome and I would have got that one if I didn't already have "Animal Friendly" from the charity plates set.

Bettyculbreath
Bettyculbreath

Plate you think is creepy is  African American  Greek Service Sorority founded in 1908.What about the plate would attract creeps ?You have no knowledge of the Sorority did not care to investigate as most real journalist .You have insulted over 100,000 Black woman in the United States.When you don't know ask someone before you write.

kim@myplates.com
kim@myplates.com

Hi, BYU had more than 1000 people register for their plate in Texas.  They've purchased 141 plates in less than a month.  Kim Miller Drummond, My Plates PR, kim@myplates.com

El Rey
El Rey

I have one of the seven letter plates with my favorite sports team name. (I was an agressive driver before I got the plates.)

Tad Banyon
Tad Banyon

I'm guessing the rationale for the Brigham Young plate and those like it is that its about the alum who drives the car giving a nod to his alma mater, not really the school itself. However, if that's true, they could have at least stuck the word "Alum" on there somewhere to give a shred of justification for the existence of a Texas Brigham Young plate. Otherwise its kinda ridiculous

Bigjondaniel
Bigjondaniel

I had a cool one with "0000" on it (on my Audi)

The state of TX didn't like that the next year, and refused to allow it to be renewed

Lemonaioli
Lemonaioli

Oops, "its burnt orange glory". Damn you, autocorrect!

Lemonaioli
Lemonaioli

I have a Texas Exes Myplate in all of it's burnt orange glory. If anything, I'm a more careful and courteous driver because my plate "number" is extremely easy to remember and paybacks are hell.

That said, 280 plate designs is ridiculous. I'll give you OU and OSU. They have a ton of grads who move down here. Can you blame them for wanting to leave OK? LSU, Arkansas, okay since at least they border us.

Just to add to the insanity, my other alma mater of Michigan State has made application for a plate as well. There are a lot of us here but that goes for any huge university.

G_David
G_David

How could we possibly live without that $5 million?  That's, like, umm... 1/5000th of the state deficit we'd be throwing down the tubes. 

Andy Nold
Andy Nold

That's just wrong. Wronger than cat shit on toast.

TimCov
TimCov

The ones that do not in anyway relate to Texas (plates with sports teams from outside of Texas) need to go. 

The Gadsden flag plate, while it can be considered patriotic, really does not relate in any way to the state. So, it should go too. But, what do you think of the Gonzalez flag plate (white plate with cannon on it and the words "Come and Take It")?

Heywood U Buzzoff
Heywood U Buzzoff

Where is the Schutze plate with the graphic of Jimbo holding the shotgun with 'Get off my lawn' motto???

Montemalone
Montemalone

Surely the medical supply industry is represented. Lots of people should be ordering the douchebag plate.

John
John

Given that there are only about 13k BYU alumni in Texas, I was shocked that plate was offered up.  It's all about the money though.

Coleman
Coleman

Where's the Kappa Kappa Kappa sorority plates?! Seriously though those Oklahoma-related Texas plates are silly as hell.

KoldBeer
KoldBeer

There's a good article in the WSJ today about personalized plates.  States are banking there is a lot of money to be made with the plates.  Until a couple of years ago, Texas had the fewest personalized plates (as a % of drivers).

In the article it also mentions that people with personalized plates are more aggressive drivers (honk if you wait at light for two seconds, cut people off, etc).

Jay Hawk
Jay Hawk

Anything is better than the standard issue plate - why did they have to change the plain, white one with Texas at the top and The Lone Star State at the bottom?

Those Tricks
Those Tricks

hahahhahaum yeah.A little out of hand there.

Lemonaioli
Lemonaioli

Um, I took that as AKAs are known for being pretty women so you'd be followed by guys who wanted to check out a hot woman. Or at least my AKA friends who I knew in college were, for the most part, pretty girls. I don't find that insulting at all. Maybe that's just me.

Anonymous Coward
Anonymous Coward

You might want to go back and look at that "creep" comment a little more carefully...

DoubleOJoe
DoubleOJoe

But then it'd cost more than your car, and the state wouldn't get it to you for several years after the due date.

John Chamberlain
John Chamberlain

I appreciate the history, but, broadly speaking, "Come and Take It" might not be the most prudent phrase to plaster onto your car...(he said, while looking for the "TEXAS - NO RADIO" plate...)

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

Someone explain the texas themed plate with a sunflower on it and the word sunshine at the bottom.  the sunflower is kansas' flower and florida is the sunshine state. SMH

MattL1
MattL1

The "Come and Take It" flag is indeed offered.

EDM
EDM

+1

The Gadsden flag a symbol of the Tea Party so I am not surprised it is offered as a plate in Texas.  I would definately consider getting a Gonzalez flag plate if it were offered.

Steve Jordan
Steve Jordan

I don't put it past them do do an ugly standard plate to encourage "upgrading"

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