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New York woman draws her own license plate

A woman from Sardinia, NY, was arrested after police noticed her license plate was less official and more of a bad art project.

Featured
Should you race for your driver's license? | Question of the Day

Underground Comix artist Gilbert Shelton has the solution for incompetent drivers.

It's laughably easy to get a driver's license in the USA. Should we require all drivers to complete a race once per year?

Auctions
JFK license plates sell for $100,000 at auction

An auction house in Dallas has sold the original license plates that marked President John F. Kennedy's limousine the day he was assassinated. An unidentified buyer won with a high bid of $100,000.

Motorsports
F1's Max Verstappen gets driver's license on 18th birthday

Max Verstappen, Formula One's youngest driver, just turned 18, and to celebrate, he went to the DMV and passed his license test on his first try. So now he can legally drive both on and off track.

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China 'flooding' US with high-quality fake US driver's licenses [w/video]

Remember seeing your buddy's flimsy fake ID in college that said he was 35 and several inches shorter than he really was? Well, Chinese criminals have apparently come up with a potentially terrifying alternative by crafting nearly perfect false driver's licenses and shipping to the US by the hundreds. To the naked eye, they're indistinguishable from the real thing.

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SC DMV orders gender-nonconforming teen to remove makeup for driver's license photo [w/video]

Like so many people around the country, 16-year-old Chase Culpepper of South Carolina is preparing for a fight with the Department of Motor Vehicles. Culpeper's case, though, is more troubling than the norm.

Two Wheels
MV Agusta loses license to sell motorcycles in California

If you live in California and were planning on buying a new MV Agusta, we're afraid we've got some bad news for you. The Italian manufacturer has lost its license to sell its motorcycles in the Golden State.

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Chinese Tesla Model S buyers to get free license plate... a $15k value

Tesla buyers in in Shanghai, China, are getting even more of an incentive to choose its electric sedans. Each purchase of a Model S in the city will come with a free license plate.

Georgia Approves Confederate Flag On License Plate

The Georgia Department of Revenue recently approved the the Sons of Confederate Veterans new plate design

Georgia officials have once again approved a specialty license plate featuring the Confederate battle flag, infuriating civil rights advocates and renewing a debate among those who believe the symbol honors Confederate heritage and those who see it as racially charged.

Surprising Vanity License Plates Approved And Banned By DMV

Contradicting standards confuse motorists

The Department of Motor Vehicles decides vanity plates on a case by case basis, leaving many drivers confused by contradicting standards.

Florida's Approved Vanity License Plates Can Be As Offensive As Ones Rejected

Florida rejects some vanity licenses plates, but the approved ones can be just as bad

Florida drivers have only seven characters to work with when applying for vanity license plates, but those seven characters can speak volumes, and some are a little too raunchy for the road.

Police License Plate Scanners Record Driver's Locations

Unregulated cameras store information indefinitely

Government surveillance isn't just in our phone records and search engine history, but on our roads as well.

Video
Georgia man sues state for right to have gay-themed vanity license plates

James Cyrus Gilbert III applied to Georgia Department of Driver Services for three vanity plates for his car: 4GAYLIB, GAYPWR and GAYGUY. All three were rejected, so now Gilbert is suing the department on the grounds that his free speech is being unfairly denied. The denial itself isn't the sole issue, what is also being challenged is the arbitrariness of how the state decides what plates will be approved or not.

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Florida bill would create program for special vanity driver's licenses

Specialty, or "vanity," license plates are nothing new, and pending the governor's signature a Florida bill is about to usher in the age of vanity driver's licenses. Among a deep wade through the arcana of 2012 state bill CS/CS/HB 1223 – Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, one finds the removal of prohibitions on honking your horns on the highway and flashing your high beams, and this: "The department may issue to any applicant qualified pursuant to s. 322.14, F.S., a specialty driver licen

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California DMV opens door to reissuing classic license plates

Like in the UK, California's license plates follow the vehicles they originate on, not the owner, so residents can easily pick out cars that have been in continuous California circulation since way back in the last millennium. A car with yellow tags with black lettering was registered between 1956 and 1962, one with yellow tags with black lettering is from circa 1963 to 1969, and one with blue tags with yellow lettering got th

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Google allowed to test self-driving car on Nevada public streets

Nevada has officially granted Google a license to test autonomous vehicles on public streets. The tech giant underwent demonstrations in both Las Vegas and Carson City to prove its vehicles are as safe or safer than those piloted by mere humans. The state requires two people to be in the test vehicles at all times, including at one occupant in the d

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Kyle Busch loses license for 45 days for speeding in Lexus LFA [w/poll]

We said it once, and we'll say it again: it's a good thing racing drivers aren't required to hold a valid driver's license in order to race. We know it sounds funny, but if they did, some of our best drivers would be out of work.

McLaren boss Ron Dennis' license suspended in court

As head of the McLaren Group, Ron Dennis has been responsible for some devastatingly fast cars. Like the iconic McLaren F1 supercar, and the new MP4-12C that succeeds it – not to mention countless championship-challenging grand prix cars. Unfortunately for Ron, though, he won't be able to drive any of them. At least not on the r

Report: Most in Iraq drive without licenses as gov't. works to institute new permits

Judging by what we've seen on the web, driving through Iraq is a few notches tougher than dealing with Southern California during rush hour. It appears to be the old "Anything Goes" method when moving from Point A to Point B. Iraqi authorities are looking to change that by introducing a licensing system that aims to instruct drivers on correct proce

Government seen backing graduated drivers licenses

Getting your driver's license can be a tremendous event. It signifies a new-found level of freedom and a chance to go out and explore more of the surrounding world. The privilege of being licensed to drive a car is a wonderful thing, yet not everyone thinks of it that way. A teenager with a learner's permit is eager to make the jump to a full license – even if they might not be

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