Plate News: April 2000
Finally the MTO is allowing 8 character personalized license plates.
The bad news is they will cost $500 (plus tax!) beginning April 10, 2000. All personalized
plates, 2 to 8 character, become $200 (plus tax) May 10, 2000. Orders can be taken at the
MTO 1-800-AUTO-PL8 number from April 10 to June 9 on a first come basis, after that they
can be ordered at vehicle licensing offices and kiosks.
The fire department now has their own graphic. It is their crest which says "Fire
Rescue" and under it it says Proud to Serve.See graphics
Well it seems various organizations have been busy getting their own graphics on
plates. We now have the following additional plate graphics:
Ontario Square and Round Dance Federation, SkyDome, Girl Guides of Canada, Grand Lodge of
Ontario Independent Order of Oddfelllows, Knights of Columbus, Ontario Society for
Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters, Don't Drink
and Drive, Anishinabek Nation, University of Guelph, York University.
If you feel patriotic you can now get a plate with a canadian flag graphic.
We have reached our goal. I saw a ZZZ plate. I have also seen and been sent notice of new 7 digit plates, AABL### and others. Well this just does not seem that exciting. I was hoping for fireworks. I wonder who ended up with 999 ZZZ. [I saw 777 ZZZ, neato]. I am no longer counting down regular plates. But I will continue adding personalized plates to the License Plate Update Page.
I would like to thank the people who sent in "Z" plate numbers to me:
Dunc!, John P., Nelson C., Joseph
I think I missed couple of names. Let me know if you feel left out.
Thanks of course to all of you who sent in personalized plate names. There are
too many of you to mention, your plate on the vanity plate page
lets you know who you are. We are not leaving just
because we passed ZZZ.
Well here are some more plate graphics:
Canadian National Sportsmen's Show, Elmer the Safty Elephant, Kings College and University of Toronto. It also looks like the Blue Jays got a new logo, the Trillium has been updated and the Ottawa Roughriders graphic is no more. Furthermore the MTO will let you have your organizations logo on a plate, provided you meet certain conditions and agree to a minimum of 100 plates. So there could be a lot more comming.
OK all you Trekkers, now you can get a plate with a Star Trek comm badge graphic. You can even get a collector plate that says TREK 96 for
$15. Before you get too excited WARP 9 is already gone, but I am sure you can come up with
some other original names.
Well I finally asked them, the Ministry of Transport of Ontario (MTO), how much it
would cost to get a complete listing of personalized license plates from them.$2087 they
said, half up front. Furthermore, if I want to use the list for commercial purposes, they
want a contract and royalties. Seems like a lot of money just for a copy their database
(without names or addresses, just plates). Well, I guess that's what they call "user
pay". Maybe I can haggle with them on the price.
I would like to mention that some guy in Oregon got their entire motor vehicles database for $222.
I have confirmed that Ontario has added another letter to license plates. For a total of 7 characters.This opens the door for a whole bunch of new personalized plate combinations. Finally I can get HEATHEN . . . just kidding . . . maybe.
By my count there will be over 457,000,000 new plates. They are LLLL ###, 4 Letters and 3 Numbers. It will be hard to run out, with half a billion new plates. But then again I though I wouldn't fill up a 1GigaByte hard disk. We should be safe for a while.
I am told, by MTO, that "regular" plates are available now, the licensing offices just have to use up their stock of 6 character plates. They all have been shipped 7 character plates. I haven't gotten an accurate date for "Own Choice" or "Presonalized" plates. The MTO first said December 96, then January 97, and now they are saying Spring 1997.They are still studying it, but it sounds like we may even get 8 character plates. Just have to wait an see. One problem is that that a 7 or 8 character plates cannot have a graphic. It just won't fit on a plate. The graphics take the space of 2 characters and the plates can accommodate up to 8 with no spaces.
Start thinking up new names now. The good ones won't last long.
Standard plate numbers are of the form ### LLL or LLL ###, which means 3 numbers 3 letters or 3 letters 3 numbers. [Trucks are 4 numbers 2 letters] We have gone thru the 3 letter 3 number sets long ago and now we have used up the all the 3 number 3 letter plates. We have passed 999 ZZZ. I wonder what they did with all the rest (35 million) of the car plates. They must reserve blocks of numbers or something. I know they don't use certain combinations like 666 XXX, 069 SEX, 001 GOD, you get the idea. But that still leaves a lot of numbers.
Having 7 or 8 characters allows for all sorts of new plate names. This is important to consider if you are about to get a plate and you need another letter for your fancy name. It would be disappointing to shorten your choice and to have them go to 7 or 8 characters a 6 months later. The MTO is still evaluating 7-8 character "Own Choice" plates, no definite answers yet [Jan 98 they still have not decided]
Ontario personalized plates (2 to 6 characters) cost $212.60* (May 10, 2000)
All prices are determined by the Ministry of Transport of Ontario. * Tax included (7% GST). We are not the MTO. We do not buy or sell any plates. If you wish to purchase a plate from them, follow the MTO link below.
|Personalized plates are 2 to 8
characters of your choice.
Maximum of two numeric characters. O and I are considered numeric characters.
A space is considered a character.
Crown is no longer a character choice.
There are more than 37 color graphics available. Not all available graphics shown.
No graphics for Motorcycles [nor 7 or 8 character plates]
| Ontario car plates are Blue
characters on White
Truck plates: Black on White
Dealer plates: Black on Yellow
Diplomatic plates: White on Red
Motorcycle plates are 5 characters ###LL, Blue on White
| Graphics appear on the left side
of the plates
Original Slogan: "Keep it Beautiful"
New Slogan: "Yours To Discover"
"Handicap" plates used to exist
(A wheelchair symbol replaced the first 2 characters) -- no longer available
For more info you can contact the Ontario Ministry of Transport at 1-800-AUTO-PL8 (1-800-288-6758)
These pages are provided for information purposes only and have no
affiliation with, nor do they represent, the Ontario Ministry of Transport
All graphics/trademarks are the property of their respective owners