In QLD you can customise your original plates so you can get them remade. Customised is different to personalised. With customised they stay with that owner where-as personalised can be put onto anything and sold.with number plates, Lorry has his original ones and last years health check up for rego the inspector indicated that new plates will be needed next time due to them fading. (cheap NSW paint). So I went off to the now RMS and asked about replacement plates. No problem until they said sorry, not allowed to have those plates on a heavy vehicle any more. I indicated that I wanted them to remain original and they said no.
It looks as though I may be able to get Pat's plate back. Might have to find the right person in the office for that.