Date: Thursday, July 14th, 2005, 10:12
Russell Beattie posted a blog entry about Steve Jobs’ lack of license plates on his car:
We drove by Steve Jobs’ house today in Palo Alto, and I saw a nice car in the front yard without a license plate. Not with a “new car” plate, but rather with none at all – just an empty plate holder. Then I was told that Steve doesn’t have a license plate on his car (nor his wife).
Two questions: Is this true? Why? It’s almost more conspicuous to have a car without a plate than one with one, no? We’ve got a few billionaires here at work as well and I don’t remember seeing any cars without plates…
The reason we’ve been given for the Jobs’ lack of license plates is that the State of California will grant an exemption to certain “celebrities” allowing them not to have tags (as we call them here in PA) on their cars to avoid stalkers. Another person pointed out that having someone’s CA license plate number could allow them to get the person’s home address and other personal information by social engineering CA’s Division of Motor Vehicles. One minor correction to Russell’s post above is that although the CA DMV will exempt certain folks from having plates, they instead issue a small bar code in place of the plates, so that the cops can still bust your ass for doing 110 MPH in your Benzo.
The PowerPage managed to secure a shot of Jobs’ license plate before he got wind of the exemption (above) 😉