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Texas' new vanity license plates – Click above for high-res image gallery

Every state in the union is facing huge budget deficits and a number have turned to license plates as a way to raise some fast cash. First was New York, which recently unveiled a new "Empire Gold" license plate. The catch? Any citizen who wants to legally drive is required to buy one when his or her current plates expire. And they're more expensive than the old ones to boot.

Speaking of boots, Texas is also planning to raise funds with license plates, but in this case it's totally optional. The Lone Star state recently unveiled a spate of new vanity plates on MyPlates.com that cost between $55 and $195 smackaroos. The selection is as large as the state itself (and its hats) including standard Lone Star plates in crazy colors like hot pink and orange (Texas calls them Lone Star Pink and Lone Star Orange), as well as an Old West-themed plate and other Texassy designs.

Sure, $195 for a vanity plate is a lot, but the money's divided between the state and its two partners in this joint venture: Pinnacle Technical Resources of Dallas and Etech Inc. of Nacogdoches. Regardless of the three-way split, the state is reportedly guaranteed $25 million over five years. Hey, if it'll help keep a few extra public school teachers employed and essential services in tact, then its worth living down the fact that your state now offers a hot pink license plate.



[Source: USA Today via Star-Telegram]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      i read somewhere that Texas can leave the USA if they want. is that still true ?
      J.G. Newton
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is just another gimmick so the cops don't have to pay too much attention to whatever is around them. Question: Why can cops be color-blind? Neon plates won't help that problem much will it?
      • 5 Years Ago
      WILL THIS PLATE CUT DOWN ON ROAD RAGE????
      WILL A PERSON WITH A RELIGIOUS TAG BE LESS LIKELY TO GRAB THAT HANDGUN IN THE GLOVE COMPARTMENT????
      • 5 Years Ago
      Before I would put a neon pink licence plate (or a rainbow plate) I would ride a horse (or a steer). Talk about putting a bullseye on your back, If a women put one of these on the car, it should be uncontested grounds for divorce!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, I'm wondering what your masculinity issues are that a Pink plate would cause you to leave your wife.

        Btw, why do the need to split the $ with anyone, let alone two companies? Don't prisoners make plates? If not, why not? Sounds like some republican backroom crap to me.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I just ordered my new personalized TX vanity plate 3 days ago. Yes, it's a little costly but worth it to differentiate my vehicle somewhat. Then again, I'm in a 5-day old 2010 GTI which is a rare sight here as it is.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This first class flamewar deserves a first class mandantory link:
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      http://www.collegehumor.com/video:1907543
      • 5 Years Ago
      I don't see any problems with these. People will differ in opinion on what is tasteful but no one is being forced to buy these. If someone wants to pay for those kinda plates, everyone benefits: the person who wants a vanity plate gets one, the states gets revenue. And if the revenues are significant, the state might be less inclined to forcing more taxes on people.
      angelo
      • 5 Years Ago
      THEY SHOULD PUT THE (NEON) PLATES ON SEXUAL OFFENDERS CARS, 1 UNIVERSAL COLOR, & MAKE THEM PAY OUT THE A$$ FOR THE PLATES (NO PUN INTENDED)
      HM
      • 5 Years Ago
      So tell us mongoo - what's it like to be a first class jerk?
      • 5 Years Ago
      That vanity plate has a lisp
      • 5 Years Ago
      wait...did this post just get "bumped"?
      • 5 Years Ago
      Texas flag is the only on that can fly at the same level as the Stars and Stripes... Third coast!
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