How many letters and numbers are in a California license plate?
There's the basic plate for cars, which now starts with the number 6 followed by three letters and three numbers. DMV spokeswoman Jan Mendoza says the state issued six-digit plates from the 1950s or so through the late 1970s until it ran out of combinations and started putting a number at the beginning.
However, the maximum number of characters on an optional plate may be lower than on a standard-issue plate. For example, the U.S. state of Virginia allows up to 7.5 characters (a space or hyphen is counted as 0.5 character) on a standard-issue plate, but only up to 6 characters on many of its optional plates.
- Each of those designs will need to hit 7,500 applications by 2015 for the DMV to issue them. All plates cost $50 for the initial application, which is refundable if that plate doesn't hit the 7,500 mark. Renewal will be $40, and drivers can personalize the plates if they wish.
- California car owners can order the reproduced plates through the DMV for $50 online or via mail. The price is the same for standard or personalized plate numbers.
- Diplomatic vehicles' number plates start with two numerals which indicate the embassy to which they are attached, then two letters CD (Corps Diplomatique), CC (Consular Corps status) or CT (Foreign Technical and Advisory personnel) and another three digits which are serial.
26 x 26 x 26 x 10 x 10 x 10 = 17,576,000. So a six-character system with three letters and three numbers can only yield, at best, 17.5 million possible plate numbers. It should be no surprise that many larger states exhausted all possible six-character combinations years ago and were forced to go to seven characters.
- Fundamental Counting Principle Definition. The Fundamental Counting Principle (also called the counting rule) is a way to figure out the number of outcomes in a probability problem. Basically, you multiply the events together to get the total number of outcomes.
- With 8 items on your menu, the number of possible combinations will be 28 = 256. And if you bought all 8 items, and tried to arrange them in different orders on your tray, the number of arrangements ('permutations') would be 8! = 40320.
- Answer: There are 720 different ways to arrange the 6 letters in SUNDAY.
Updated: 6th December 2019