North Carolina’s license plates currently use a three-letter, four-number combination (ABC-1234, for example). For some reason, as license plates were being made years ago, the letters “A” through “M” were skipped as the middle letter in that three-letter sequence, said Marge Howell, a spokeswoman for the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles.
“Nobody’s quite sure why,” she said.
So the state is going back through and using up those combinations, which should last at least a couple of years, she said.
At some point, the state will decide what to do when all of the possible combinations are exhausted. It might mean just switching to a different series of letters and numbers — four letters and three numbers, perhaps.
Another reader asked, “Are there any plans to update North Carolina’s license plate?”
Howell said that’s a question for the N.C. General Assembly. But in the current legislative session, there hasn’t been a bill introduced to do that. It could happen, though.
Date posted: March 28, 2011
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Elaine and Keith