Whoever came up with the new car tags, it is wrong, now no one knows what county is what, that folks live in. This is also confusing to law-enforcement officers, or anyone who wants to report a vehicle crime. What was they thinking, or was they.
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https://www.alabamainteractive.org/dorpt/PlatePics.str

I searched all over. None of the standard plates showed any changes.

Some states have Bronze Star and more, Alabama only has Purple Heart. VA has a 911 plate, heck, VA also has Auburn plates. I have a friend of mine, we were in the band together at Auburn and he now lives in VA and has a VA Auburn plate. TN and GA also have Auburn plates. My sister who lives in GA has a GA Auburn plate (She is Class of 2000 and 2002).

I wished they also had an OIF and OEF plate. Some state plates I have seen here at FT Leavenworth, i.e. Texas, have either OIF or OEF...some have GWOT plates, too.

Both of my vehicles have Auburn plates. My truck has my initials and grad year. My wife's T-blazer has a regular Auburn plate. My mom has a regular Auburn plate as well.
I remember back years ago, when they started useing number/letter combinations and did away with County numbers.

Public outcry made them go back!!!

All the tags I see on the site provided are just specialty tags, tags that Alabama makes even more money off of. I think of my car as my car and not a Christmas tree to be decorated, and I don't WANT to pay extra for the tag trimmings.

And who really looks at numbers or letters on them anyway, they just look at the picture.

I just dont see it... they get enough as it is. I have an American Flag in my back window and one in the lower left of my front window. That is as far as I want to go.
The tags used to have the county numbers, but they went away from them to a tag with the county name as a sticker on the bottom of the tag (Kind of like Mississippi). It was about 25 years ago when they went back to the county numbering system.

I have no problem with the number system, but I can't stand the tag design. "Stars fell on", what is that? If someone hadn't told me that it was words from a song about Alabama, I would not have known. I think the tags should say "Heart of Dixie" in big letters across the top. And no, I don't think that is racist, though some will argue differently.
Some transplanted Yankee without an imagination must have designed the new tag. I feel the same way as KS does about buying a special tag but I may do so this year because of the new design.

Someone is trying to rid us of every little shred of southern heritage we have. Lets be the "squeaky wheel" and change this crap!
Everyone...this is NOT the new tag. They made this tag as an alternative to the other one. You are NOT required to get this tag, but if you'd rather have it you can. It is free just like the regular tag. All the state was trying to do is give everyone a choice between the two. Honestly, I don't like either tag, so I guess I'll stick with "Stars Fell On".
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Originally posted by Brentenman:
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Originally posted by FatNoMo:
Here you go, Brent.


What plate is that?


It is one of your choices if you don't pay extra for a specialty plate.

Choice 1- God Bless America

Choice 2- Stars Fell On . . . Alabama
My husband and I had the Helping Schools tags on our vehicles for a few years. This tag was 15$ extra and that went to the school of our choice (our kid’s elementary school). We’ve changed to the Curing Childhood Cancer tag. The extra for that, $41.25, goes to Cancer Research at UAB/Children’s hospital.

I have read where the “Stars Fell on Alabama” was in reference to the Leonid Meteor shower that happened on November 12-13, 1833. I also remember there being a story in
the TD about this, when the SFOA tag was first issued.
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Everyone...this is NOT the new tag. They made this tag as an alternative to the other one. You are NOT required to get this tag, but if you'd rather have it you can. It is free just like the regular tag. All the state was trying to do is give everyone a choice between the tw



This is correct about the "new tag," It's just another option that doesn't cost any extra. I personally can't stand it because it doesn't have the county number on it. I really wish they would put out a new design for the basic tag. Next time I renew mine, I'm planning on getting a UAB tag to support my blazers.
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Originally posted by David L.:
The "God Bless America" tag came about because of some ridiculous legislation from a politican in south Alabama to cater to the religious right. I don't want it either and will happily take the Stars and Stripes one.


Did you see the pic? Stars and stripes are on the God Bless America tag.
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Originally posted by Yo Brotha from anotha Motha:
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Originally posted by David L.:
The "God Bless America" tag came about because of some ridiculous legislation from a politican in south Alabama to cater to the religious right. I don't want it either and will happily take the Stars and Stripes one.


Did you see the pic? Stars and stripes are on the God Bless America tag.


Well, the other one then.
What possesses people to stick God's name on the tail end of their car? I prefer having God INSIDE the car with me. Eventually we'll be seeing those car tags (like all the others) rusting and rotting in a junk yard stuck to some gutted, burned, and/or demolished piece of junk. But not only have some decided that the tail end of a vehicle is an appropriate place to stick God's name, we have the audacity to tell God "whom to bless." God is an inclusive God - He loves everyone (even though we don't). The "new" car tag, in my humble opinion, would be slightly less "vain" if the blessing included all of God's creation . . . not just for the ones we like. This need some people have to plaster God's name on as many of their tangible material goods as possible is not unlike the ridiculous notion that whomever flies the biggest American flag is the most patriotic. Perhaps if some of this external, garish, loud, sometimes tasteless advertising were to take root within one's heart, soul, spirit, or whatever it could actually MEAN something. In the meantime, please drive cautiously . . . especially the tailgaters. We might be bringing the concept of using God's name in vain to a whole new level.
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Originally posted by David L.:
The "God Bless America" tag came about because of some ridiculous legislation from a politican in south Alabama to cater to the religious right. I don't want it either and will happily take the Stars and Stripes one.


You mean you don't like "God Bless America", by Kate Smith? You seem VERY unpatriotic....

Do you like money? US Currency has In God We Trust on it...the Constitution has the word God in it...and the Declaration of Independence has references to God, Creator, etc.
When I was an LEO in Tennessee, it was common knowledge among LEOs that the state's 'Walking Horse' tags were favored by crack dealers. The weed growers favored the 'Agricultural' plates.

In Alabama, it's painfully evident that the same element has 'adopted' the 'GBA' and 'Helping Schools' tags. This has been verified through personal conversation with the local DTF (Drug Task Force).

The 'drug/gang element' uses these 'identifiers' as a 'tongue-in-cheek' means to 'thumb there noses' at LEOs.
Tags are used as symbols all the time...ever wonder about the racing tags on certain cars with tons of bling? My students filled me in on that one. You can take anything an make it into what you want.

If tags are the worst issue AL has to deal with them I'm looking forward to our return.
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Originally posted by dogsoldier0513:
When I was an LEO in Tennessee, it was common knowledge among LEOs that the state's 'Walking Horse' tags were favored by crack dealers. The weed growers favored the 'Agricultural' plates.

In Alabama, it's painfully evident that the same element has 'adopted' the 'GBA' and 'Helping Schools' tags. This has been verified through personal conversation with the local DTF (Drug Task Force).

The 'drug/gang element' uses these 'identifiers' as a 'tongue-in-cheek' means to 'thumb there noses' at LEOs.


Well that stinks for us. We used to have the Helping School tags. Our kid's school would encourage, in the newletters, for you to get one and choose their school to support it. They put a total number of money raised by parents who got the HS tag in a newletter which was used towards purchasing things needed. We switched to the Curing Childhood Cancer tag because our daughter is a survivor of cancer and wanted to support that.

It's sad that symbolism and thugs have to ruin such a good thing.
Another series of free tags is the veterans tags. I currently run the Vietnam Veterans tags on both my vehicles. The only requirement to get the tags is to take a certified copy of your DD214 to the tag office and they will give you a form which in turn you have approved at the Veterans Service Officer's office.
I did read something about the state wanting to start charging extra for some of the veterans plates but don't know if that was approved or not.

Here is a link to all the tags available in Lauderdale County: http://www.lauderdalecountyonline.com/Tags/Distinctive/distinctive_tags1.htm
I really like the new beach license tags, as they are attractive and I have some fond memories of Baldwin County. Also, including the individual county numbers on the tags was a nice feature that I'm glad is continuing. When out of state, I can recognize a "41" or "47" as one like me, or a "5" as living where I used to. Seeing an unusal number causes me to wonder where they're from. (Not many "60s" or "65s.")

At first I liked the GBA tag, but I tend to shy away from it because some people regard it as a religious or political statement. I don't want to convey any surplus unintended meaning.
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Originally posted by Alphonse:
The tags used to have the county numbers, but they went away from them to a tag with the county name as a sticker on the bottom of the tag (Kind of like Mississippi). It was about 25 years ago when they went back to the county numbering system.

I have no problem with the number system, but I can't stand the tag design. "Stars fell on", what is that? If someone hadn't told me that it was words from a song about Alabama, I would not have known. I think the tags should say "Heart of Dixie" in big letters across the top. And no, I don't think that is racist, though some will argue differently.


"Stars Fell On" is a feference to a song written long ago. Jimmy Buffett (born in Miss but raised in Mobile where he claims his home town) did a re-make on it several years ago, and made an attempt to get it made the "official song of Alabama". However, some conservative types would have none of any change so the official Ala song remains something I don't even know the words to.
At any rate, check out Buffett's version:
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As for the new tags, I like the one with the beach scene (check out my avator) and will ask for one this month when my tags are due.

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