Customers in Phomh Phen, Cambodia are able to buy fake car license plates from street vendors in the capital.
The price for a fake license costs between $4.50 to $10. A typical Royal Cambodian Armed Forces plate costs $6.50, and is available within the day.
On average, the vendor reports having between 5 to 10 customers each day, with heavy days seeing up to 30 customers. The most popular types of fake license plates are of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces or the police. Other types of plates available are non-government organizations, military police and even press plates assigned to the media.
The vendor pays Cambodian authorities $2.50 every day in bribes in order to allow his business to continue.
Many customers purchase the fake plates in order to avoid safety inspections and to avoid the lengthy and costly process of registering their vehicle or motorbike. A motorbike operator stated that if he went through legitimate channels, the cost to get his license plate would be $35 and would take 30 days. By buying the fake plate, he pays $5 and receives the plate in hours.
Source: Buth Reaksmey Kongkea, “Vendors with a licence to forge,” Phnom Phen Post, June 27, 2014.