DIXIE F.A.Q.s

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS & ANSWERS ABOUT NOVELTY NUMBER PLATES, NOVELTY SIGNS, FRAMES AND FLAGS – Just click on the cross and the answer opens up

Sorry but that’s a big NO, NO and if you do it’s likely to be a problem for you as the authorities say “Attachment of a novelty number plate to a vehicle could attract the interest of law enforcement officers should it affect the visibility of, or distract from, or imply it is, the actual registration plate of the vehicle.”
The bulk of both Aussie and American plates are made from Aluminium – the same as real plates. There are a few which are metal with folded edges. Flat non-embossed plates use a slightly thinner material. Some American signs are aluminium and others are tin
Aussie plates come in 2 sizes with most popular being standard size
Standard 37.2 x 13.4cm (14.6 x 5.3ins)
Slimline 37.2 x 10cm (14.6 x 3.9ins)
We also stock Euro Size plates 52 x 11cm (20.5 x 4.4ins); Motorbike size 18.5 x 10cm; Trailer Size 25.3 x 10cm; USA size 30 x 16.5cm; Japanese size 33 x 16.5cm
American plates come in 2 sizes with 99% that we sell being Vehicle size.
Vehicle Size License Plate 30.5 x 15cm (6 x 12ins).
Motorbike Size Plate 18 x 10cm (4 x 7ins)
American signs come in many sizes
Small Parking Sign 23 x 30.5cm (9 x 12ins) or 20 x 30cm (8 x 12ins)
Large Parking Sign 30.5 x 46cm (12 x 18ins)
Large Tin Sign 30 x 38cm (12 x 15ins)
Slimline Sign 38 x 7.5cm (15 x 3ins)
Crossing Sign 30 x 30cm (12 x 12ins)
Circle Sign 30cm diameter (12ins)
Octagon Stop Sign 30 x 30cm
Street Sign 13 x 61 cm (5 x 24ins)
Arrow Sign 15 x 30cm (6 x 12ins)
Street sign 15 x 60cm
Mini Street sign 10 x 46cm
Arrow sign 15 x 50cm
Surfboard profile sign 10 x 45cm
Spark Plug profile sign 15 x 45cm
Aussie plates are available with raised embossed characters and border exactly like real licence plates, or in a flat non-embossed style. American plates are a mix of lightly embossed and flat styles
Yes, we can provide blanks in many sizes
For stock items, we prepare your order same day as its received and dispatch as soon as payment is made. For custom made items our turnaround time is around 3 days
We will deliver worldwide. In Australia we mostly use Australia Post e-parcel with tracking. We also use a variety of the major courier companies such as Fastway, Couriers Please or TNT. When we book your order to be freighted you will receive a text message or an email with tracking details
A Non Graphic is a two colour plate, with the embossed characters and plate border in one colour and the background in another colour
A Graphic has embossed characters and plate border in differing colours and the background may be a picture or a variety of other slogans, logos and colours
Yes you may use your personal choice of words or characters. We can do ‘one-offs’ in most types of customised novelty plates
For Aussie standard size plates there are 13 base plate colours – Black, Navy Blue, Light Blue, Green, Maroon, Pink, Purple, Orange, Yellow, White, Red, Gold and Silver. Other sized plates have fewer base plate colour choices
Letters are embossed onto the base plate in a choice of three different heights with Large (L) =80mm; Medium (M) =60mm and Small (S) =50mm. If ‘L’ is chosen then the line can contain no more than 6 letters; if ‘M’ chosen no more than 7 letters and for ‘S’ no more than 10 letters. If spaces are required between characters these count as a letter. Punctuation marks such as apostrophes are also available. So for the word MELANIE we have 7 letters and could use the Medium letter height. The letters are then coloured to highlight them, and the chosen letter colour also becomes the plate’s border colour. The letter colour range is available for all sizes of plate in a choice of 9 colours – Black, Blue, Green, Maroon, Silver, Red, Gold, White, Yellow.
To assist you we have produced a downloadable pdf guide to colour combinations and letter sizes which is shown when you click HERE
The manufacture of Aussie Non Graphics is every couple of days – submit the order by close of business Monday and they will be ready for despatch 2 days later, but allow time for standard freight which is normally 2-5 days. If you’re in a hurry then Express Post is normally overnight to most post codes within Australia.
Fully pressed Aussie Graphics will take about 4 weeks. Aussie sized graphics made as flat non-embossed plates (with an option on having a pressed border) take about 3 weeks. In both cases first we create your artwork, then you sign off on it; then we go into full production.
The manufacture of American signs is quicker than Aussie, and a similar process. Freight time can stretch it out, so we recommend allowing 4 weeks
The majority of our signs and plates are pre-drilled ready for display fixing. For retailers, Aussie plates have a display card with hanging holes for in-store display; and all large US tin signs have a clear plastic display bag that work well to show off the signs as well as protect them.
Provided you supply us with a high quality jpg or the PMS reference, we can match colours.
Any slogan can be placed on a license plate provided the number of characters will fit, and that it is not considered obscene, offensive or illegal by the factory
There are three options in these circumstances (a) is to have a “2-liner” standard size plate, (b) is to use a mix of embossed characters and high quality vinyl stickers and (c) is to choose Euro Size plates 52 x 11cms which allow upto 16 characters
Our frames come in these sizes 1) Standard Size: to fit around standard size Aussie Plates (37cm x 13cm), as used in all states. These are available in Black, White, Blue, Yellow, Lime Green and Pink
2) Slimline Size: to fit around slimline size Aussie Plates (37cm x 10cm). These are available in Black or White (Please be careful and note that NSW has a “premium” slim plate which has different sizes to our standard slimline and its front and rear plates are different sizes.)
3) Motorcycle Size: to fit around Motorcycle size Aussie Plates (18.5cm x 10cm). These are available in Black or White
4) Premium Front: to fit around NSW Premium front plates (37.2cm x 8.4cm) and SA Premium front plates (37.1cm x 8.3cm). These are available in Black
5) Premium Rear: to fit around NSW Premium rear plates (37.2cm x 10.7cm), and SA Premium rear plates (37.1cm x 10.6cm). These are available in Black.

We also sell PERSPEX NUMBER PLATE PROTECTOR COVERS which are available only in black in four sizes:
1) To fit over Standard (37.2 x 13.4cm) number plates, with the covers outer dimensions 38.1 x 13.8cm, and the clear window measures 35.3 x 11cm. The black gloss border is 14mm wide all around the cover.
2) To fit over Slimline (37.2 x 10cm) number plates, with the covers outer dimensions 38.1 x 10.5cm, and the clear window measures 35.3 x 6.5cm. The black gloss border is 17mm wide at top and 20mm wide at bottom.
3) To fit over NSW Premium front slim number plates (37.2cm x 8.4cm) and SA Premium front slim plates (37.1cm x 8.3cm), with the covers outer dimensions 38.1 x 8.9cm, and the clear window measures 35.5 x 5.5cm. The black gloss border is 11mm wide at top and 19mm wide at bottom.
4) To fit over NSW Premium rear plates (37.2cm x 10.7cm) and SA Premium rear plates (37.1cm x 10.6cm), with the covers outer dimensions 38.1 x 11.5cm, and the clear window measures 35.5 x 7.9cm. The black gloss border is 11mm wide at top and 19mm wide at bottom.

Wording to frames and covers is by and large is applied on the wider part of the frame at the bottom, but we can also apply lettering to the top of the frame, or both top and bottom. The words are cut from high quality vinyl stickers.

Our smallest flags come as sew-on patches, then there are various larger sizes which are commonly referred to in feet rather than metres, with most popular being 5’x3′
Desk Flags are 4″x6″ (11x16cm) on 11″ (28cm) stick
Half Size Flags are 3’x2′ (.9m x .6m)
Full Size are 5’x3′ (1.5m x 0.9m)
Our tough “outdoor” flags are 6’x3′ (1.8m x 0.9m)
Indoor: Made of polyester which has limited outdoor use as sun and wind would affect the material quickly. These flags are lightweight flags and have a variety of uses such as sports team support; decoration; marches; occasional flying on a flagpole but we emphasise these flags are not designed for prolonged flying on flagpoles. The hoist edge is finished with 2 eyelets.
Outdoor: Made of heavier hardier synthetic trilobal fabric. This helps withstand the weather elements much better and extend life tremendously. All the edges double stitched and the hoist edge is finished with a white tape with 2 eyelets.
Offshore suppliers consistently provide us with extremely good quality flags at a reasonable price. Sadly Aussie made flags are more expensive – the irony being that the material itself is printed and assembled in Aussie but is often imported from offshore
No we don’t have a shop, but customers are always welcome to visit our storeroom by appointment.
Just as we sometimes see that “pricing is subject to change without notice”, so too are “designs subject to change without notice”. In 99.99% of cases, what you see on Dixie’s website or brochure is what you get. However, there are the odd times when designs have changed in some small way (eg: maybe a logo moves to a different location on the item, or the colour changes). Sometimes this information doesn’t always trickle down until the new designs are manufactured and shipped to Dixie. We hope this is helpful and understandable
Let’s talk – we’re always happy to discuss a tiered pricing for bulk orders
Yes, this is quite possible so PLEASE NOTE that it is your full responsibility to verify the customs clearance charges, duties charges, and procedures in your country for importing these goods prior to placing your order. Please do your research to ensure there are no surprise charges when clearing your package through customs.
If customs fees and charges are refused at the time of delivery, your order will be returned and you will not receive a refund for shipment costs.
Our products are packed with care using re-cycled cardboard materials and if necessary we place a 3mm thick MDF packing board behind them for rigidity in transit so you receive them in good condition, but on rare occasions during transit Australia Post or couriers may accidentally damage them, which we regret is beyond our control.