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Here are the most popular driver's license plates of 2011

February 22, 2012 - 10:00 AM
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The D.C. Department of Motor Vehicles issued 113,259 tags to District drivers in the fiscal year of 2011. But not all tags are created equal. Some license plates manage to convey personality and spark. Some note the driver's disability, some note colleges and fraternities, some mark other affiliations. The DMV revealed the full breakdown of its tags in responses to the D.C. Council from earlier this month, and I'd like to share that breakdown with On Foot's readers.

The results are intriguing in spots. It's no surprise, perhaps, that the DMV issued 25 fire fighter tags, more than 240 disability tags, or 1,231 motorcycle tags. But look at the more unusual entries out there. As the DMV website states, you can create any number of specialty license plates, sometimes for extra fees. Many people like to wear their identities on their very cars, and the license plate can be the perfect form of expression. Who was the sole person who elected to have a National Association of Black Scuba Divers license plate? What of the one person who wanted a Bad Boys Club tag? Eight people want their plates to alert other drivers that they're part of the Porsche Club of America. I like to see that more than 300 D.C. drivers chose to bear Anacostia River Commemorative tags.

See the full listing of 2011 plates here, from the number of limousine tags to the number of clergy tags to the number of Masons tags, courtesy of the DMV:

FY 2011 Tags Issued in Washington, D.C.

ALPHA KAPPA ALPHA TAGS: 2
ALPHA PHI ALPHA FRATERNITY TAGS: 4
ANACOSTIA RIVER COMMEMORATIVE TAGS: 309
AT SU ALUMNI TAGS: 2
BAD BOYS CLUB TAGS: 1
BUS TAGS: 594
CLERGY TAGS: 6
COMMERCIAL TAGS: 695
DC GOVT MOTORCYCLE TAGS: 23
DC GOVT TAGS: 746
DC LODGE TAGS: 30
DEALER REASSIGNMENT FORMS: 2,017
DEALER TAGS: 413
DEALER TEMPORARY TAGS: 1,099
DELTA SIGMA THETA TAGS: 1
DISABILITY TAGS: 245
DISABLED AMERICAN VETERAN TAGS: 9
DISABLED VETERAN TAGS: 8
DISABLITY PLACARDS: 9,189
DOCTOR TAGS: 1
FIRE FIGHTER TAGS: 25
FLORIDA A & M UNIVERSITY: 1
HISTORICAL TAGS: 132
INSPECTION STICKER: 17,317
KAPPA ALPHA PSI FRATERNITY: 4
LIMOUSINE TAGS: 51
LOW TAGS: 119
MASONS TAGS: 1
MOREHOUSE COLLEGE ALUMNI: 1
MOTORCYCLE TAGS: 1,231
MOTORCYCLE TEMPORARY TAGS: 223
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BLACK SCUBA DIVERS: 1
NON-DRIVER DISABILITY PLACARDS: 6
OMEGA PSI PHI TAGS: 2
ONE WEEK PLACARDS: 24
PERSONALIZED TAGS: 688
PLEASURE TAGS: 52,257
PORSCHE CLUB OF AMERICA: 8
RENTAL TAGS: 819
ST. JOHN'S COLLEGE: 1
TAXI TAGS: 1,062
TEMPORARY DISABLITY PLACARDS: 2
TEMPORARY TAGS: 23,109
THE GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY: 2
TRAILER TAGS: 199
TRANSPORT TAGS: 16
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN: 8
VETERANS OF FOREIGN WARS OF US: 1
WWW TAGS: 555

Total: 113,259

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