• Dec 31st 2009 at 6:00PM
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Kansas is revamping the way it issues vanity plates, and it means a lot of residents are going to lose their 'duplicate' personalized plates. They're not really duplicates, though: Unlike most states, Kansas allows people in different counties to have the same alphanumeric combination, so while the tags might appear to be copies, they are registered in different counties and that technically makes them different plates.

According to Kansas.com, the problem with that strategy is that law enforcement officials in hot pursuit have a hard time reading which county a car's "JAYHAWK" plate is registered to, so they have been behind the push to change the policy. The Kansas DMV is in the process of figuring out who registered each of these 'duplicate' plates first, and then it plans to send letters to anyone else with that same alphanumeric combo to let them know they can't renew it.

Just as novel as finding out Kansas allowed multiple copies of a tag in the same state was the list of the top ten vanity plates chosen. It's arguably embarrassing that the number one plate is "HUSKERS," which amounts to cheerleading for a team in another state, like "SOONERS" in the seven spot. The home team, "JAYHAWK" comes in second, followed by Larry the Cable Guy's slogan, "GITRDUN," which is more popular than the Kansas City "CHIEFS" in number four. Ah, Kansas, what are we going to do with you? Hat tip to Dude!

[Source: Kansas.com | Image: Robinrkc - C.C. License 2.0]

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      • 5 Years Ago
      Caddy-V is to Toyota,what Matt is to Ford.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Good point,Caddy-V.
        • 5 Years Ago
        With an acception. My criticism is based on a recent three year ownership and dealer experience of a Toyota (Lexus) and Matt's is based on a twenty year vendetta on an old Crown Vic.
        If my Caddy experience was half as bad as the Lexus I'd be on them like stink on shi# as well.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Probably the "geniuses" who put this into law in the first place were (and most likely, still) struggling with the debate between "Intelligent Design" vs. Darwin's Theory of Evolution.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Does any cop in any other state know about this system? How much trouble could a Kansan get into while trying to establish an alibi or beat a citation actually awarded to a fellow imbecile? Numbnuts isolationist rednecks.
      • 5 Years Ago
      When I lived in Derby (Sedgwick County, or SG on the plate), my '96 Taurus had NVRENUF. 7 miles away in Sumner County (SU), there was a beat up old truck with the same plate.... More than once a coworker saw the other truck and asked me if my plates had been stolen........
      • 5 Years Ago
      We have huge 2 letter stickers in the upper left hand corner of the Kansas plates. Those were included in the plate ID. The counties here get real uppity if you move and don't re-register your car in you new county of residence of within 90 days. They even have an anonymous snitch line for the cops so you can tattle on your new neighbors!
      Also, Kansas seems to have the biggest collection of unrecognizable vanity plates. Were all these people drunk when they picked out these plates! I can't recognize about 80 percent of them. Go Huskers!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Did they make that pictured plate at the Toyota frame shop? Just sayin, lots a rust there.
        • 5 Years Ago
        1) That's dirt, not rust, moron

        2) Toyota has produced, over the past few decades, much better cars than GM (assuming that's your slant, given your name) - So some humility from the red-neck crowd would be appropriate...Which means we probably won't see any.
        • 5 Years Ago
        amorak@ nice one man. It definitely is a dirt. LOL...
        • 5 Years Ago
        Wow! did'nt mean to offend. (cough) But if it's dirt, maybe Toyota could learn something here. Cover all the frame rust with dirt and knowing the mentality of the average pocket protector, horned rim glasses toyota owners with the flannel shirt that has the top button buttoned, they'll never know the difference.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Of course we won't. That would require the redneck crowd to have any semblance of class. People who make fun of Toyota and people who have GITRDUN vanity plates are pretty much one in the same.

        Hey, if they can stereotype, so can I.
        • 5 Years Ago
        (i meant to reply to amarok)
      • 5 Years Ago

      Hmm...does that sound a bit strange coming from a Caddy-fanboy? The average age of a caddy buyer is what, 70? And how well did a 2000 caddy age?

      Hmm? Just sayin'
      • 5 Years Ago
      By the way, there are about 300 counties in Kansas!

      That means each plate could exist 300 times....

      Think about it.

      Go Sooners!
        • 5 Years Ago
        personalized plates suck.

        even a blind man can remember your plate.
        : )
        • 5 Years Ago
        There are 105 counties in Kansas. But yes that means that each county could have a JAYHAWK plate. The state did this because it allowed them to sell more personalized plates. I'm surprised in these times of tough revenue they haven't told the cops to go fly a kite.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I read elsewhere that they can get duplicate plates for their trucks and bikes. So it is possible to have 300 plates.

        They also mention that REDNECK is in the top ten of duplicates.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Another solution would've been having these damn automated plate scanners they fit on cop cars nowadays, like in WONDERFUL Quebec.

      Meaning if you pass a cop that has stopped someone the computer will check passing cars' plates and the associated driving license owner(s) for possible infractions.

      Tax collection at work; I'd rather have them drop duplicate vanity plates, personally (aka I'm in complete favor of the measure they're using right now in Kensas).
        • 5 Years Ago
        Red light cameras = evil
        In car plate readers = tool that allows cops to do more protect and serve until the computer tells them to pull over a car for an outstanding infraction. One state in the US uses them for people that owe back taxes. Other uses would be to find people that owe for tickets, have suspended licenses, no insurance, etc.

        Basically, if an automated plate reader singles you out, you're already on the hook for something, and not being punished arbitrarily by a cop that's behind on their monthly ticket quota.
        • 5 Years Ago
        the solution is simple.
        only one government institute should issue licence plates.
        like in the european union countries.
        1 standart license plate.
        real license plates like the latest models here, made of plastic, they're harder to steal, because the brake.
        the don't get dirty, like the metal plates, because the surface is flat.
        the chars want vanish.

        here they use smart's with camera on the roof and ride thru the city, check all parked cars.

        they also use this during normal road controls and if you forget to pay the income tax, tax over savings, county tax, etc, etc you'll be charged right away.
        because such road control's on highway and inter city roads, also include people from various agency, like social security, irs, etc, etc.
        if you get caught in such control, you'll be check from head too toe.
        even if your garbage tax is payed, your house rent, ... everything.

        • 5 Years Ago
        Automated plate readers can't (currently) make out the difference between one county's plate and another's.
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