DMV to Release Steel, Porcelain 5-Digit Plates

Delaware Centennial License Plate

Much desired vanity plates will soon be back on the market in the First State.

Delaware's Division of Motor Vehicles will soon be selling a new batch of low-digit license plates.

Officials announced Tuesday that a limited number of the black and white plates -- with five digits instead of the more common six -- will be available starting Oct. 1.

The historic reproduction plates, made from either stainless steel or porcelain, will cost $110 and will be available on a first-come, first served basis at all four DMV locations. Officials say 20 percent of the purchase price of the reproduction plates will go to the DMV.

Low-digit plates are something of a status symbol in Delaware, where people own plate numbers and can buy and sell them. In 2008, the No. 6 plate sold for $675,000.

“Five-digit numbers are hard to come by and these license plates will become a keepsake for families to retain for many years," said DMV director Jennifer Cohan.

All transactions for the five-digit plates must take place at a DMV location, according to the department.

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