The problem of eliminating character-resembling blobs on a detected region in the plate detection stage of an automated license plate recognition system is addressed. The proposed method amplifies the slight differences between the noncharacter blobs (anomalies) and the character blobs (true signal) to enhance the tractability. This method postulates on two propositions: (1) the anomalies are usually located around the true signal and the suspected anomalies and (2) blobs should be given less emphasis in computing a reference point. The first proposition is based on prior knowledge and observation; the second proposition is based on the fact that a reference point that takes anomalies into account is contaminated and thus misleading. The gist of the method mainly focuses on the methodology to emphasize the blobs differently in accordance to their location in computing the reference point that approximates the representative value of true signal properties more accurately, thus giving the effect of amplifying the slight differences. The performance of the method is evaluated on both its capability and consistency in solving certain types of anomalies.