In a given US state, there are about 90 billion different combinations for licen

  1. Earl S. Wynn profile image84
    Earl S. Wynnposted 7 years ago

    In a given US state, there are about 90 billion different combinations for license plate...

    numbers. Given the rate at which new cars succumb to planned obsolescence (and are scrapped instead of repaired) is this number enough?

  2. graveyard-rose profile image83
    graveyard-roseposted 7 years ago

    Good question. I do believe when someone UNregisters a car, and does not use the number. It then goes back into the system as "up for grabs". Not sure if I am 100% correct. But that is what I think.

  3. Rabid Puma profile image62
    Rabid Pumaposted 7 years ago

    If we liberally estimate the US population at 500,000,000 (it's actually a touch over 300,000,000), assume that there are only 90 billion numbers are for all 50 states total rather than 90 billion for each, and conservatively estimate the life span of a car as 5 years, then the supply of numbers would last us 900 years with no recycling.

    I think that's probably not something to lose sleep over just now.

 
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