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The Do’s & Don’ts Of Vanity License Plates

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Larry-Richert Larry Richert
Since September of 2001 Richert has hosted the KDKA Radio Morning Ne...
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PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA) – “IM2COOL.” “DOC_GUY.” “HONZMAN.” These are just a few messages you might see on a vanity license plate.

Have you ever wondered how they got those plates, or if you could get one?

Jan McKnight, Community Relations Coordinator for PennDOT, is in charge of vanity plates for the state, and she’s seen a few doozies in her time.

“There are 280,000 existing configurations for vanity plates, that someone has chosen,” says McKnight. “Then there’s a list of 10,000 configurations we don’t allow.”

PennDOT has an application on their website that allows you to find out if your vanity plate configuration is available, as well as filtering out those they won’t allow. You can have up to seven letters or numbers, plus one space or one dash and they’re only $20 to get one.

But before you run off to find out if your plate is available, McKnight has already determined that there is only one configuration left that is Steeler related.

“The only thing I could come up with is ‘6RING5,’ where the S is a five,” McKnight said.

KDKA-AM’s Larry and John talk to McKnight about the rules of what can go on a plate, as well as how you can get yours.

For instance, “KDKAROX” is available, if you’re interested.

To see if your plate is available, visit the PennDOT app at http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/centers/vanityPlate.shtml.

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