GEORGIA — Cats have been the best plate carrier in Georgia, according to state license plate carrier and best plate holder George Toms.
The state license plates are among the few states that don’t allow them, but Toms said they are everywhere in the metro Atlanta area, and they’re the reason he has been a plate carrier for more than 20 years.
“When you get to Georgia, you want to go out to the yard and be the best at what you do,” Toms told CBS Atlanta affiliate WXIA.
“I think it’s been good for my life and the life of my family.
You want to be the person that you want people to think about when they are looking at a plate.”
The plates are a tribute to the state and city that adopted them.
Toms says they represent all that the state has to offer and what it means to live here.
“It’s something I love to do and I think it has been great for me, my family, my community, the people of Georgia,” Tom said.
He said he thinks his job helps people who have never been able to drive.
“It’s been awesome for me,” Tomes said.
“It’s a great feeling to be able to take people out of the dark and shine their light on things that are really important.”
The license plates were first adopted in the 1990s.
Today, the plate carriers earn around $100,000 per year.
Tomes is also the owner of a large dog farm in Augusta, Georgia.
“We have to protect the dogs,” TOM said.
“There are no rules, and you’re going to have to get on your knees and take care of your dogs.”
The Georgia Department of Transportation says its a “fair and equitable practice” that requires applicants to be licensed.