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    Why do some states do this?

    I don't know why, but I find this to be somewhat annoying: States that don't use the standard abbreviation (on boat registration numbers) for their.... Well, states. Here are a couple of examples I can think of....

    CF for California (CA)
    DL for Delaware (DE)
    KA for Kansas (KS)

    Why the heck do these states do this? I know good, and well the USPS, or whoever came out with the standardized state abbreviations at LEAST 20 years ago.

    Are there any others that I missed?
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    Quote Originally Posted by OBXJeepGuy View Post
    I don't know why, but I find this to be somewhat annoying: States that don't use the standard abbreviation for their.... Well, states. Here are a couple of examples I can think of....

    CF for California (CA)
    DL for Delaware (DE)
    KA for Kansas (KS)

    Why the heck do these states do this? I know good, and well the USPS, or whoever came out with the standardized state abbreviations at LEAST 20 years ago.

    Are there any others that I missed?
    Cali because they are arrogant
    Delaware because they are stubborn
    Kansas because they are confused

    What are the abbreviations that they are using used for

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    What are the abbreviations that they are using used for


    Oh, that's what I forgot! I noticed this on people's registration numbers on their skis.... I edited the post to show this now....

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBXJeepGuy View Post
    Oh, that's what I forgot! I noticed this on people's registration numbers on their skis....
    Oh my bad, this isn't a state issue. Its because the Coast Guard thinks the Post Office is run by idiots

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    Sounds like the Coast Guard is a bit dopey....

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    Quote Originally Posted by OBXJeepGuy View Post
    Sounds like the Coast Guard is a bit dopey....
    Has to be a Federal agency,after all how could the 50 states agree independently to all have the State 4 number 2 letter format?

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    Country Codes.

    Makes perfect sense, they are used already as Country Codes.
    CA is the country code for Canada
    DE is for Germany
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    KS I have no idea, I'll look. EDIT: It's the South Korean FIPS code. As opposed to the other codes being ISO.

    When I was in Europe the cars had to have their country code sticker on the back if they crossed country lines. We have all seen the white oval stickers on cars, that's them.

    ISO Codes http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_3166-1_alpha-2
    FIPS http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FIPS_country_code
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    Quote Originally Posted by inothome View Post
    Makes perfect sense, they are used already as Country Codes.
    CA is the country code for Canada
    DE is for Germany
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    KS I have no idea, I'll look.

    When I was in Europe the cars had to have their country code sticker on the back if they crossed country lines. We have all seen the white oval stickers on cars, that's them.
    Why would any US agency care if these were also country codes? I know some our water police are not the brightest, but I doubt they would confuse someone in Delaware of having a German registered boat.

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    Think in terms of a ship or boats registration. Since a vessel could be in international waters it has to have a unique code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DarthAWM View Post
    Has to be a Federal agency,after all how could the 50 states agree independently to all have the State 4 number 2 letter format?

    Ahh, but I have also seen 3 number 2 letter formats. I will have to go thru the pics to find the one I saw...

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