France introduce motor vehicle registration, 1893
France was the first country to introduce the registration plate with the passage of the Paris Police Ordinance on August 14, 1893. Followed by Germany in 1896, and the Netherlands was the first country to introduce a national registration plate, called a “driving permit”, in 1898. Initially these plates were just sequentially numbered, starting at 1, but this was changed in 1906.
The earliest plates were made of porcelain baked onto iron or ceramic with no backing, which made them fragile and impractical. Few of these early plates survived. Later experimental materials include cardboard, leather, plastic, and, during wartime shortages, copper and pressed soybeans.
In some countries, people can pay extra and get vanity plates. Registration plates with a custom number or character set
Some registration plate combinations are banned from being issued by registration authorities. These are typically combinations which, deliberately or otherwise, spell out a message that is likely to offend others.
Extra Note: There are no countries in the world where a motor vehicle registration is not required.
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