Harvey said many other people asked questions about the plates and said they would visit their regional DMV office soon to pick one up.
"It certainly raised awareness of the plate," he said.
The DMV ordered 70,000 plates, which feature navy blue letters and numbers over a golden background of the state seal and a map of West Virginia. So far, 9,000 state residents have signed up.
"I really think they have been picking up in the last month," Harvey said. "There's still plenty in the offices, so folks do have time to get theirs."
She expects orders to increase even more following the sesquicentennial celebrations last weekend.
Last Thursday, Thomas Marshall, executive vice president of the U.S. Postal Service, unveiled a new Forever Stamp commemorating West Virginia's 150th birthday.
Postal service workers set up shop in the Culture Center on Thursday and Saturday to sell the stamp, which features a Pocahontas County sunrise captured by photographer Roger Spence.
Spokeswoman Cathy Yarosky said the Postal Service does not release sales numbers for its products but said the West Virginia stamp is already popular among philatelists. She said even postal employees were "over the moon" about it.
"The lines were literally out the door," she said. "They are going to be, I can already tell, very popular."
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