Friday, August 31, 2018

Trivia on Delaware Vehicle tags

In 1907 the state required vehicles to register annually (more revenue) 
Prior to 1909 vehicle owners made their own license plate.  Issued a number by the state they would buy numerals at a hardware store and affix them to a piece of leather that they would nail to the vehicle.  
above homemade tag

In 1909 the State of Delaware begin to issue to tags for vehicles, prior to that the vehicle was register and given a number for the year and the owner made his own tag for the vehicle.

Prior to 1909 non-resident automobilists were allow ten days before they had to purchase a Delaware rag.  Otherwise vehicles from Pennsylvania, Maryland and New Jersey that entered Delaware had to have a Delaware license plate on their vehicles.

In Delaware, it was not until 1915 that the word Tag for a license plate came into general use. The use of the word Tag for a license plate seems to be restricted to the United States 

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