License Plate Collecting
Michael Wiener is a world-renowned license plate expert, collector, researcher, and consultant. He is among America’s leading authorities regarding automobile license plates and motor vehicle licensing systems. Michael has served in New Mexico politics as an Albuquerque City Councilor, a State Senator, and a Bernalillo County Commissioner. He has twice been elected President of the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association, and featured on HGTV’s Offbeat America, and CNBC News. He was the editor of The License Plate Book for over a decade and created New Mexico’s Diamond Jubilee 75th Anniversary commemorative official front license plate series. Michael enjoys driving around the country with New Mexico single character plates #1, #4 and single letter I.
Some of Michael Wiener's License Plate Collecting articles:
Politics and Low-Number License Plates Part I:
Issue #18 Sep/Oct 2021
I began collecting license plates in 1972, right after graduating high school and making my first cross-country trip. As an active member of the Automobile License Plate Collectors Association (ALPCA) for 49 years, I got hooked on collecting political plates, from the first time I observed low-number political plates during a visit to Washington, D.C. To me they are very unique.
Politics... and Low-Number License Plates, Part II
Nov/Dec 2021 edition
Politicians and elected officials have for many years sported colorful special low-numbered plates, some of which are illustrated here and are very sought after by collectors. In most states the No. 1 plate is assigned to the Governor’s limousine, while No. 2 is provided to the Lieutenant Governor. North Dakota has a unique approach to providing low numbers to their elected officials, as their Governor gets plates No. 1 and 5, while the state’s senior U.S. Senator receives plate No. 2, the junior U.S. Senator gets plate No. 3 and the lone at-large Congressman is issued plate No. 4. The Lieutenant Governor of North Dakota receives plate No. 6.