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Reston man struggles to get Reston license plate

Dan McGuire is lobbying to get a special license plate for Reston. Parrotheads and fox hunters can have one, but not a planned community? (Shamus Ian Fatzinger/Fairfax County Times)

The people who wear funny hats and go to Jimmy Buffett concerts have their own Virginia license plate. The people who like Tibet have a license plate. The people who live in the city of Poquoson have a license plate, and who even knows where that is?

But Reston, the planned community of Fairfax County with more than 58,000 residents, does not have its own Virginia license plate. And a man who has been trying to get one for four years still doesn’t have the measly 450 applications needed to get an official Reston license plate.

Dan McGuire told the Fairfax County Times that he’s gotten about 110 applications for a Reston-themed plate, which requires $10 up front and $10 annually. There are already more than 200 special plates in the Old Dominion, including plates for fans of surfing, home schooling and the brook trout.

“What is really a great mystery to me is,” McGuire told the Times, “you’ll see some small college you’ve never herad of and they’ll have a license plate. Or you’ll see the Monarch butterfly, which is beautiful, but it’s like, ‘How the heck did they get one?’”

McGuire has lined up Del. Tom Rust of Herndon to sponsor the legislation for a Reston license plate. He just needs 340 more people willing to cough up $10. Go to the Reston Citizens Association Web site for McGuire’s contact info. And here is Holly Hobbs’s story about McGuire’s long-running campaign in the Fairfax County Times.

Poquoson's license plate. It is the oldest continuously named city in Virginia, is on the Virginia Peninsula in the Hampton Roads metro area, and has a population of 12,150. Now you know. (Virginia DMV)
Tom Jackman is a native of Northern Virginia and has been covering the region for The Post since 1998.

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