I recently decided to get personalized license plates and thought it would be great to have my last name Kenst. So I went to DMV online expecting to order the plates and figured I would only have to wait another 2-3 months before they arrived. Needless to say when I went to order the plates someone else had already registered my last name.

I emailed everyone in my family and yet no one knew who had the plates or anyone else with our last name in California. Sadly I was forced to choose an alternative and get plates with my first intial and last name.

It’s reasons like this that anyone with a unique name should try and protect it – in any and all ways. Whether its online via a domain name or simply reserving your own license plates, a namesake can easily be taken away.