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RMV seeks applications for low-number license plates

Thousands of Massachusetts drivers will throw their name into the mix for a coveted prize this summer, a low-number license plate.

Each year the Registry of Motor Vehicles accepts applications for the plates, which do not cost any more money that normal plates. Residents fill out a form and hope to be selected as the proud new owner of a distinctive registration number.

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“People want them for a variety of reasons,” said Sara Lavoie, a Department of Transportation spokeswoman. “They’re easy to remember, and it is a status symbol.”

This year 160 of the plates are to be auctioned. Without including a letter, the lowest number, 351, is particularly significant.

“That is the total number of cities and towns in Massachusetts,” Registrar Celia J. Blue said in a statement. “I am posing a challenge to our drivers; I would like to see residents from all 351 communities participate in this year’s drawing.”

Generally, 6,000 to 7,000 people enter the drawing, Lavoie said.

Other noteworthy available numbers this year include H8, Q6, and B12.

Later in the summer, the Registry will announce the date and time for the drawing. Then, all the applicant names will be put in a bowl and be drawn at random for each special plate.

“It’s exciting,” Lavoie said. “People love license plates.”

Those interested in trying for a plate can apply at the website

Jacqueline Tempera can be reached at jacqueline.tempera
. Follow her on twitter @jacktemp.
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