An Alabama license plate is a lot like a license plate for fishing in Virginia.
The license plate features an image of a man with his head bowed, a sword in one hand and a hatchet in the other, in front of a backdrop of a Confederate battle flag.
The phrase “Alaska fishing license” is emblazoned across the front of the license plate.
That’s the same license plate that was recently approved for sale on the Georgia state government website.
The Virginia Fish and Wildlife Commission, the state’s license-issuing agency, voted 5-2 in favor of the Alabama license last month.
The Alabama license was designed by Alabama State Parks, which is owned by the state of Alabama.
But the Georgia license is by a company called Alabama Fish and Game.
The company, based in Gainesville, Georgia, is owned and operated by a private company called Algebris.
That company’s website says it is a “regional marketing, communications, and sales agency” and was formed in 2011 by the owners of the Alaska State Parks license plate, as well as its partners, to “promote the Alaska Native fishing industry.”
A letter sent to the company’s corporate headquarters in Atlanta says it was established in 1996 to “support the rights of Alaskans to enjoy fishing, trapping, and other wildlife activities” and is “not a federal agency.”
In response to questions about the license, Algebras corporate attorney told Polygon the company is not affiliated with Alabama State parks.
He said the company “does not sell or license plates.”
He also told Polygon the company was not a license holder of any license plate in the state.
He added that the license was not given out for free or without a fee.
“It’s the state that gives it to you, and you get to put it on your vehicle,” he said.
The state license plate will not be on display at any Algebes license plate auction in the next few weeks, Alberts corporate attorney, Richard D. Hines, told Poly.
He also said the license would not be available for purchase until the Georgia Legislature approves the license.
Alberths license plate sales will continue through Aug. 19, Hines said.
“We’ve already got licenses for all sorts of things, so we’re not looking to increase that to 100,” he told Poly in an email.
He told Poly that the plate would not cost more than $200.
“The state does not pay us to sell license plates,” Hines wrote.
“Instead, it makes us the licensor and it makes it easy to use and it helps to build the relationships with state agencies.”
Alabama’s license plate comes from a company named Algebrams which was incorporated in the summer of 2011.
The plate was first offered on the state government’s website as a “license plate to help the state communicate with Alaskan citizens about the state parks and the state flag.”
In addition to Alabama, Georgia and Georgia State Parks licenses, the license plates are also on sale at the Georgia Department of Conservation’s website, which lists Alabama as a member.
But, as Polygons article notes, the plates are only being offered for a limited time, as the license is for sale and cannot be issued again.
“While the plate is not on sale, we continue to offer it for sale,” said an Albersts official.
“At this time, we cannot confirm any future plans for its future availability.”
“As with all licensing plates, the Algebis license plate does not represent an endorsement or approval by Algebridges Government,” Hins said in an emailed statement to Poly.
“All plates issued by the State of Alabama represent the official state license of the State, and we do not provide a public endorsement of the plate.”
“All of our plates are sold by us and are made to order, so our plates do not reflect any endorsement of Algeberges Government, nor do they represent a recommendation to sell any license plates to anyone,” he added.
Alabama has not issued any license to license plate holders since 2011.
It’s been a long time since any license license plate was issued by any of the three states.
In July 2016, the federal government issued a temporary suspension of its license plate requirement on the grounds that the federal system is in “disarray.”
The U.S. Department of Justice issued an opinion on June 15, 2016, which stated, “A federal license plate registration system is an integral part of the Federal Highway Administration and is essential to the administration of the Interstate Commerce Act and the United States Transportation Security Administration’s National Response Plan.”
The ruling stated, however, that the “government has the option to allow the system to operate without federal registration.”