Category Archives: Product News

Shipping Rates & Information

shp-picThe most popular questions I received this week were in regards to shipping.  Essentially, do you ship to my country? Or, how much does shipping cost?  Since most of our orders are in the United States, we have the most shipping options: Standard US Postal Service, FedEx 3-day, 2-day, and overnight.  For all other countries, we ship FedEx International Priority, which takes about a week.  I made this handy shipping rates and information table on our site.  Check it out for the complete list of places that we deliver and their associated shipping costs.

On a related note, if you are outside the US, and you order accessories (Registration Seals or License Plate Mounting Hardware), these ship separately from the plates.  The plate and accessories usually arrive within a few days on each other.

German License Plate Format

People often call wanting an authentic German License Plate, but, other than that, they are not sure what they want.  While we have plenty of stock German License Plates, you can customize your plate and retain the authentic look if you know the basic system of how Germany assigns their license plate numbers.

IN GENERAL, German License Plates  have the following basic format:

code-legend

For more information about German License Plate City & Region Codes (legend-3), please visit the full article on our website.

Are your plates legal?

Are your plates legal?

I hear this question at least once a day, and I certainly understand why. A better question might be, “Does my state require a front license plate?” or “Are your plates meant for legal use?”

We’ve tried to address this in our Custom European License Plate FAQ, but I thought I’d expand on that.

In short, in no state is it legal to use as your BACK plate. In some US states, they do not require a front license plate and you can display your custom plate. I did some searching and the following list seems to be the general consensus about which states* don’t require a front license plate:

Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia.

People also ask if it’s legal if they put their state issued plate number printed on a Euro-style plate and affix that to the front of their car. Assuming your state is not in the aforementioned list, this is still illegal. Same goes for putting your actual plate in your front dash, visor or window.

Of course, local and state laws change, and you can’t always believe what you read on the internet, so you should always check with your local Sheriff’s office to determine if it is ok to have a Custom European License Plate in your area.

That being said, we have customers all over the US as well as the world, so we know that quite a few customers choose to customize their ride, regardless of the laws.

*Sources:
eHow
Wiki Answers
Mr. Traffic

Whips

I try to take a look at each plate order before they go back to manufacturing.  I can keep an eye out for any customer issues or concerns, but I also love to see what our customers are coming up with.  There are often a few each day that make me laugh out loud, and I need to pick one for Plate of the Day for our Facebook page.  You can see our orders on any given day by visiting the Plate Ideas Page.

Anyway, one that caught my eye this week was KÜHL WHIP:

KÜHL WHIP

If you didn’t already know, a whip is another way to say steering wheel, or even a car, or in particular a Mercedes (since the Mercedes logo looks something like a steering wheel).  See the Urban Dictionary for an excellent definition.  It’s a great play on words, and turns out to be a great idea for a Custom European License Plate.

New Honey Badger Plate!

Have you heard yet about the baddest animal in all the animal kingdom, the Honey Badger? If not, check out this video and see just how crazy this little guy is:

 

 

Now you can show the road you’re no one to mess with with our new Honey Badger plate. Put this plate on  your vehicle and you’ll soon be known as the biggest badass on the highway!

 

Available in other color options.

Text Color Selection Available

Text color options
Choose from a Variety of plate styles with your own customized text color!

We have now added a text color selector to most of our European license plates.  For those of you that want to be even more unique than just the text, you can choose the color of the text now, and even see how it looks in our amazing plate builder!!  A few of the examples are show above, mix and match whatever plate and text combination you like best.

As usual, we are always adding new products and updating our site.  Visit us frequently to catch all the new and fun updates we bring!

https://www.customeuropeanplates.com/

Cheers!

Own A Piece Of Royal Wedding History (Sort Of)

Royal Wedding License Plate Photo
CustomEuropeanPlates.com version of the British royal wedding license plate on William's and Kate's Aston Martin

OK – we admit that the hype and fanfare around the British royal wedding has been pretty excessive and that this is just adding fuel to the fire but we threw caution to the wind.  I can hardly wait to see the choice comments we get. This is not an exact replica but our version of the royal license plate you see plastered all over the media. The real plate is made out of plastic and uses a UK font. The text is ‘printed on’ so the plate is flat – kinda lame :). Our version is made from an Aluminum blank and the text is embossed into the metal using our standard font. An image of the William’s and Catherine’s license plate is below for reference. We like to think that they would have been much happier with ours but we didn’t get a call (maybe the next royal wedding). Basically manufactured using the same method we use to make all of our plates.

The plate was on the back of William’s and Kate’s Aston Martin Volante.  If you are a commoner, you can put this on your vehicle of choice but we will look down on you.  Currently my Aston Martin is in the shop but I will be sure to let you know when it is out.

By the way, if you would like to place an order our manufacturing team is working to get the materials together and we expect to have these next week (week of May 1).  Obviously the buzz over the wedding will putter out quickly so we are making a limited number of these plates.

We realize that some of you royal wedding purists may scoff at this but we can’t make everyone happy. Here are the basics for the rest of you that would like to throw some gas on the fire.

  • Made In Germany using the same methods as actual German license plates (Germany is sort of close to the UK)
  • Yellow reflective background with black, embossed text
  • The blue left side is a high quality reflective decal
  • Dimensions are 4.4 inches by 20.5 inches
  • Includes our Black Universal Mounting Frame – FREE
  • Weather Resistant – Made stand up to the elements…maybe even until the next royal wedding
  • Balloons NOT included
Royal's Weak Plastic Plate