License plate fabrication materials have progressed over time to offer maximum durability, security and graphic flexibility. Thanks to the advanced retroreflective technology of 3M's license plate sheeting, license plates are more easily visible during both day and night.
3M breakthroughs in retroreflective science have been adopted around the world, which is what makes 3M a trusted industry leader-- providing ingenious solutions to help government agencies succeed. At 3M, we have the innovative technology to develop better license plate materials for better performance.
3M pioneered retroreflective technology development more than 70 years ago and continues to be the leader, meeting the changing visual requirements of motorists of all ages in today's complex and demanding roadway environment. Today, 3M products help improve traffic safety in nearly every country in the world. 3M developed one of the world's largest facilities for testing and demonstrating retroreflective technologies, and maintains a state-of-the-art weathering laboratory whose results are validated through a network of testing facilities worldwide, where our materials are subjected to the greatest extremes of light, heat, cold and moisture found anywhere in the world.
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The Evolution of License Plates
Over 100 years ago, in 1901, New York became one of the first states to require license plates on cars. The purpose was simple -- to improve vehicle identification. Massachusetts soon followed suit, becoming the first state to issue license plates to its residents. The very first one issued displayed only a single digit: "1". By the 1950s, the license plate gained a new function -- to serve as a safety device on the road.
Today's license plates are multi-purpose. They serve as a means of visual identification for law enforcement, parking and access control and tolling agencies, but they can also help promote a country, state or national attraction, event or image and even enhance roadway safety.
3M produces materials for attractive license plates that function 24 hours a day to enhance nighttime safety and the legibility of the vehicle identification system. Additionally, 3M offers license plate sheeting with Ensure™ Security Technology including a range of highly secure tamper-resistant security marks that can help authorities assure authenticity, defend against counterfeiting and provide production traceability.