License Plate Terms
ALPCA:
Orginization founded in 1954 for license plate collectors to join and meet other collectors known as the "Automobile License Plate Collectors Assc.

Azon-Utsch:

Method used to screen characters on a plate without any stamping required. Makes "Flat" produced plates.

Base:
Term used to describe a particular style plate for the plates time of use. (Ex. Lobster Base)

Blank:
Unproduced license plate that does not have any stamping or paint that are ready to be produced.

Border:
Either embossed or debossed outside edges of the plates.

Dies:
Alpha-numeric characters use to emboss/deboss (stamp) the given characters on the license plate.

Deboss(ing):
Method used to stamp the plates in a lowered form making a inmpressed character. (Vermont Plates)

Emboss(ing):
Common method used to stamp plates in a upper form making raised characters.

Graphic:
Colored screened sheeting plates on metal plates customized by each state to a sepcific design or color.

Hologram:
Reflective circle produced in the Scotchlite showing when sheeting was made and shows the plate is authentic.

License Plate:
Alpha-Numeric Metal plaques on vehicles showing owners of a vehicle and expiration of the registration.

Natural:
License plate having only one year sticker. Plate that was only used for one year.

Run:
Display of plates for each year or any given number of years or states.

Sample:
Non-valid plates produced my DMV's showing what a plate looks like for a given year.

Scotchlite:
Reflective sheeting product made by the 3M company used on metal blanks for making night-time readibility of license plates.

Sticker:
Stickers used on plates stating month and or year that the license plate expires.

Tag:
Another term used for License Plate.

123-ABC (ABC-123):
Common format of unique combination of letters and numbers used on plate.



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