Want HOUSTON as Your Custom License Plate? Prepare to Pony Up

The state of Texas over the past few years has created all kinds of business, school, sports team and charity-themed license plates. I even suggested some businesses that might consider nabbing a plate of their own awhile back. But what if you want to take your personalized plate even further? Here's your chance, cowboy.

If you love Houston, the city, the legendary Texas political figure or even the TV show Matt Houston, here is your chance to show everyone just how you feel. The state is auctioning off the right to have HOUSTON for your vanity license plate.

January 25 at Reliant Center, the "Great Plate Auction 2013" will give you a shot. HOUSTON has never been available to the public, but now, via this auction, it will be. There will also be a second plate, but no word yet as to what it will be -- fingers crossed for ASSHOLE.

The winner gets to own the plate for ten years and will have the option to renew after, meaning you could have HOUSTON on your car (or truck, more accurately) forever and ever. Sigh. You can register at MyPlates.com/Auction.

This is not the first license plate auction. Back in 2011, the state auctioned off FERRARI for $15,000 at Cowboys Stadium. Figures a Dallas auction would sell FERRARI for 15 grand.

According to a release, personalized plates have been available in Texas since 1965, but it was only recently that vanity plates were allowed seven characters, adding a massive number of words available like JERKOFF and DICKWAD and YOUSUCK.

The actual auction is open to the public and free, and all proceeds benefit charity.

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