license plate


Definition of license plate 

: a plate or tag (as of metal) attesting that a license has been secured and usually bearing a registration number

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The officer said Peterson was pulled over after the officer allegedly saw his vehicle with flashing blue lights and no running lights, tag lights and an obscured license plate, the report said. Zachary Hansen, ajc, "Cops: Man arrested for using flashing blue lights on his car in Cherokee County," 14 June 2018 In Dubai, city officials are rolling out a trial program that will replace traditional metal license plates with digital screens that come loaded with GPS and transmitters. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Dubai is testing smart license plates," 12 Apr. 2018 The men demanded the victim get out of his car and fled in his white 2017 Toyota Rav 4 with Louisiana license plate number 127BBG. Marie Simoneaux,, "2 juveniles accused of trying to rob man of his bike in St. Roch: NOPD," 31 May 2018 The troopers ran a check of Disbro's license plate, which revealed the car belonged to a private citizen and not a public agency, officials said. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "DPS: Man impersonating officer arrested after attempting to pull over troopers," 12 July 2018 From my approach, a plant had blocked the view of the license plate, which now was clearly visible. Dana Mcmahan, The Courier-Journal, "A good Airbnb host always learns from others. Here are 6 tips," 31 May 2018 Such a ticket is only tied to a license plate, not a driver, whereas the same speeding infraction caught by a police officer would result in more serious penalties. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "De Blasio Presses Albany to Extend Speed Cameras in School Zones," 30 May 2018 The state has been working on a new digital license plate that allows the user to display custom messages, and the city of Sacramento has agreed to be the first to test the plates, the Sacramento Bee reports. Natasha Bach, Fortune, "Digital License Plates Are Coming and They Could Be a Big Deterrent Against Auto Theft," 30 May 2018 Investigators also discovered fraudulent diplomatic license plates, a phony diplomatic security badge, unauthorized credit cards, thousands of dollars in cash, and financial documents in the name of a member of the Saudi Royal family. Jay Weaver, miamiherald, "Miami con man posing as Saudi sultan pleads guilty to swindling millions worldwide," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of license plate

circa 1924, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of license plate was circa 1924

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English Language Learners Definition of license plate

: a metal plate on a vehicle that shows a series of numbers and letters that are used to identify the vehicle

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