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Old 06-02-05, 11:51 AM   #1
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I've lived in a handful of places my adult life (Florida, California, Texas, now Virginia), and I've never EVER seen the propensity of vanity plates as I do here. From "PRAYNOW" to "U IDIOT" to "TKEITEZ" and "5PMYET" it's easily 50%+ of the plates here. Virginia has a Parrothead license plate, which makes the "5PMYET" all the more appropriate, but come ON people!

That being said, do you have a vanity plate? What's it say? Story?




(okay, I had one in Texas, "PUK FAN" -- hockey-related, not bulemic --I had to explain it to the woman at the DMV in Austin when I ordered it )
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Old 06-02-05, 11:55 AM   #2
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My dad got a vanity plate back when I was in high school. He got our last name on the plate. Ithe rest of the family all thought it was a bad idea and we never drove that car if possible. I think that vanity plates such as that are a bad idea. Just my two cents.
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Old 06-02-05, 11:59 AM   #3
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Only ever seen one that was inspired:

H20U8N4

If you can't dope it out, I'll explain it later. For now, muse if you must.
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I don't have a vanity plate per se. However, in AZ we are only required to have a rear plate. My front plate speaks to my pride at being retired from the U.S. Army.
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Old 06-02-05, 12:03 PM   #5
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I was cursing my parents' vanity plates that time I heard them over the police radio...
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Old 06-02-05, 12:24 PM   #6
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I used to have a vanity plate with "WRD AL Y" on it. Yes, I was (and am) a big "Weird Al" Yankovic fan.



This "special" license plate from Texas is pretty cool. I've been thinking about getting this custom plate for my VW New Beetle, but with no vanity letters on it, just a state-issued number. Here's the description of the plate:


Share The Road License Plate

Two plates are issued to passenger cars or light trucks. A fee of $30 is charged in addition to the regular registration fee and other applicable fees. The application and specialty license plate fee are submitted to the Vehicle Titles and Registration Division.

The department shall deposit $22 of the $30 application fee to the credit of the share the road account in the state treasury to be used only by the Texas Education Agency to support the activities of a designated nonprofit organization whose primary purpose is to promote bicyclist safety, education, and access through education and awareness programs; and training, workshops, educational materials, and media events.
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Old 06-02-05, 12:26 PM   #7
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I agree, I see more of these in Virginia than any other state I've lived in.

VA is soon to adopt a new "share the road" plate as well:

http://www.bikewalkvirginia.org/images/plate7.jpg



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Here's one that made me laugh (saw it in "Autoweek"):

NVW55V

(read it upside-down)

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Old 06-02-05, 12:28 PM   #8
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I'm callin you out I'm switchin my plates
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Old 06-02-05, 12:46 PM   #9
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Well, first of all, I'd never have vanity plates because that bubba I blew by in my WRX might see my car and key it later...

Second, I've always thought it would be funny to get this plate...

AVOVOOM

Think of what it would be in a rear-view mirror.
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Old 06-02-05, 02:02 PM   #10
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It's become quite the running joke with my girlfriend and I. We'll come up on a car with a vanity plate, and she tries to figure it out before I tell her what it is. It's amazing what people have come up with, especially considering there are sooo many that anything remotely common will have to be all hax0red in spelling. Vanity plates are ubiquitous enough that I've been asked what my plate means -- and it's not a vanity plate!

One thing I don't get: If you're going to get a vanity plate (a scant $10 extra here in Va, probably explains a lot), why repeat the badging on the car? Like "BLAK50" on a (black) Mustang for instance. I just shake my head.
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The best I've encountered was "4RE ETR" on a yellow Viper.

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Old 06-02-05, 02:05 PM   #12
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Well, first of all, I'd never have vanity plates because that bubba I blew by in my WRX might see my car and key it later...

Second, I've always thought it would be funny to get this plate...

AVOVOOM

Think of what it would be in a rear-view mirror.
uhh, how often do you drive backwards at traffic speeds?
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Old 06-02-05, 02:12 PM   #13
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Favorite vanity plate ever:

All Black late 70s Trans AM. T-tops, silver and gold accents, the works.

the plate was just 'AWESOME'



That dude thought he was the grand poobah of muscle car drivers.
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Old 06-02-05, 02:35 PM   #14
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uhh, how often do you drive backwards at traffic speeds?
Uhhh... If it's on the front license plate???

The two best plates I have seen are :

MMNMNNMM

4AA44A4A
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see them alot here in the Houston area.

Mustang with Saleen body package. Plate read "Hottie". Not so attractive bleach blond got out.

"IAM4U" - taurus, driven by someone's grandmother

Best of them all. Black Honda, all tunered out. Plates read "KOOL OO".
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I saw one the other day that said "UR DADY". It made me laugh.
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Old 06-02-05, 03:02 PM   #17
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whats the "OO" part for?
When I saw it, I was with my wife and buddy. We all agreed that it read out as one word, I.e. KOOLOO, where the OO sounds out like just a long O. Guess its funny if you know a little spanish.
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Old 06-02-05, 03:05 PM   #18
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Only ever seen one that was inspired:

H20U8N4

If you can't dope it out, I'll explain it later. For now, muse if you must.
I would've thrown in a 'W' but maybe that state only allowed 7 characters.

TBAG4U
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Old 06-02-05, 03:48 PM   #19
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Uhhh... If it's on the front license plate???
oh right, some states require that.
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Old 06-02-05, 04:55 PM   #20
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How often would you get pulled over if your license plate said, "C0P K1LR", "TAL1B4N", or "B1N L4D3N".

BTW: True story from Snopes.com

Allowing motorists to obtain personalized plates provides them with an opportunity to obtain something distinctively unique, something that commands far more attention than the usual humdrum string of letters and digits. Sometimes, though, one's choice of license plate can command an unexpected and undesirable form of attention.

In 1979 a Los Angeles man named Robert Barbour found this out the hard way when he sent an application to the California Department of Motor Vehicles requesting personalized license plates for his car. The DMV form asked applicants to list three choices in case one or two of their desired selections had already been assigned. Barbour, a sailing enthusiast, wrote down "SAILING" and "BOATING" as his first two choices; when he couldn't think of a third option, he wrote "NO PLATE," meaning that if neither of his two choices was available, he did not want personalized plates. Plates reading "BOATING" and "SAILING" had indeed already been assigned, so the DMV, following Barbour's instructions literally, sent him license plates reading "NO PLATE." Barbour was not thrilled that the DMV had misunderstood his intent, but he opted to keep the plates because of their uniqueness.

Four weeks later he received his first notice for an overdue parking fine, from faraway San Francisco, and within days he began receiving dozens of overdue notices from all over the state on a daily basis. Why? Because when law enforcement officers ticketed illegally parked cars that bore no license plates, they had been writing "NO PLATE" in the license plate field. Now that Barbour had plates bearing that phrase, the DMV computers were matching every unpaid citation issued to a car with missing plates to him.

Barbour received about 2,500 notices over the next several months. He alerted the DMV to the problem, and they responded in a typically bureaucratic way by instructing him to change his license plates. But Barbour had grown too fond of his plates by then to want to change them, so he instead began mailing out a form letter in response to each citation. That method usually worked, although occasionally he had to appear before a judge and demonstrate that the car described on the citation was not his.

A couple of years later, the DMV finally caught on and sent a notice to law enforcement agencies requesting that they use the word NONE rather than NO PLATE to indicate a cited vehicle was missing its plates. This change slowed the flow of overdue notices Barbour received to a trickle, about five or six a month, but it also had an unintended side effect: Officers sometimes wrote MISSING instead of NONE to indicate cars with missing license plates, and suddenly a man named Andrew Burg in Marina del Rey started receiving parking tickets from places he hadn't visited either. Burg, of course, was the owner of a car with personalized plates reading "MISSING."

Nonetheless, some motorists still choose personalized plates destined to land them in similar trouble. Jim Cara of Elsmere, Delaware, found that out the hard way when he selected the phrase "NOTAG" for the license of his Suzuki Hayabusa motorcycle in 2004:

Jim Cara wanted a vanity license tag that would make people laugh.

But when he chose "NOTAG" for the plate on his Suzuki Hayabusa, a sleek blue and silver motorcycle with a speedometer that reaches 220 mph, the joke backfired.

The new tag arrived Saturday under an avalanche of Wilmington parking violations.

"All the traffic tickets say, 'Notice of violation. License number: no tag,'" Cara said.

City computers, talking to state Division of Motor Vehicles computers, had finally found an address for ticketed vehicles that lacked license tags: Cara's home in Elsmere.

"I messed up the system so bad," Cara said. "I wonder if they can put me in jail or something?"

He has received more than 200 violation notices. The mail carrier came twice on Saturday. Cara opened a few. They ranged from $55 to $125 for violations such as meter expirations.

Cara, 43, who works for the American Motorcycle Association, said he's been a lifelong prankster. This time, though, "the cleanup is going to be worse than the joke," he said.
Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Harvey collected a few more similar tales from readers in August 2004:

"A few days ago, you printed a bit about people getting notices of unpaid parking tickets on vehicles with license plates NOTAG and NO PLATE," wrote Richard Turner of Beverly Hills.

He recalled thinking, "It would be cute to have VOID as my license plate. It was cute for a few years, until I started getting the unpaid parking ticket notices. Apparently, 'void' tickets got keyed into computers as valid tickets, but with my plate. Although I got all the tickets dismissed, I ditched the plates."

And Ralph August of Westchester says a friend encountered the same barrage of strangers' parking tickets after he put an UNKNOWN plate on his car. The DMV took UNKNOWN away from him.
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This one stuck in my head -- I saw it every day at work for a while on a white Mazda 929.

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My dad had one: UNIROK (translated: You & I Are Okay). Not a bad sentiment, even though I thought it was kind of dorky at the time.
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Vanity plates that could be deemed obscene aren't allowed here, so I was amused when I saw one that got by the censors: "4K Q"
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NOPLATE is awesome. ASSMAN... only Kramer can pull that off, even if it's backwards.
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