Some people spend a little more money for the privilege of designing their own license plates, and let’s just say – we’re happy they do! Some of these license plates are a little difficult to figure out, and some are so clever, they’ll be sure to make you chuckle. Have a look at some of the most original vanity plates seen from coast to coast.
A Not So Appetizing, Appetizer
If you ever wondered what state has the most vanity license plates in the United States, we have the answer for you! A study done by the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators found that Virginia has the most customized license plates of all the states.
When purchasing a "Kids First" license plate, part of the sum is transferred to the Family and Children's Trust Fund of Virginia to support children's programs. This Virginian may have done a charitable thing, and they were sure to add a sense of humor to it. So, what comes after you eat the kids?
The Best Way to Improvise
Now, talk about dedication! Let's take a wild guess and say that Metallica's biggest fans are in California. This Metallica fan was determined to honor their favorite band, so much so that they had to go the extra mile and improvise.
The character limit on license plates is seven, so there was no other choice other than to get creative. Hey, it worked; and it doesn't look half bad, either!
The Best Kind of Cube
You know those multi-colored 3D puzzles most of us spent hours on trying to complete to no avail? Well, this guy is giving you a constant reminder of your failures! Or maybe they just wanted to make clever use of this car's model (Cube), and this was the first thing that came to mind!
Though, we're not sure you can compare the Nissan Cube to the Rubick's Cube. After all, they stopped selling the Nissan Cube in North America in 2014 for a reason, while Rubik’s Cubes are still as popular as ever!
Affirming the Obvious
Nothing says financially stable quite like driving a six-figure Mercedes Benz. If that didn't persuade you that this guy has money, he went ahead and spelled it out for you - literally!
There's something about this that has us scratching our heads. If you're driving a Benz, you're obviously not poor, so why feel the need to share it with the rest of the world? Perhaps you've got something to hide?
Live Free or Die
Okay, so we're sure some of you will miss the cleverness of this vanity plate, but don't worry because we're here to explain it to you! Vlad the Impaler was the voivode of Walachia in the 15th century. He was dubbed "the Impaler" after he gained a reputation for impaling his enemies and leaving them to die.
This history buff took their Impala and gave it the most accurate nickname, and we're here for it! Let's just hope this Impala doesn't impale people on the road...
The Paw-fect Vanity Plate
Virginia is one of the most pet-friendly states in America, so it comes as no surprise that this driver decided to dedicate their license plate to their four-legged best friend.
This dog loves riding in the car so much; she even has her own seat in the back. She made herself comfortable right on top of the vanity plate dedicated to her! A dog with one ear up and a smile like that is all we really need to make our day better!
An Ode to Timmay!
Those who watch "South Park" will immediately recognize this vanity plate. It's a reference to Timmy Burch, the 4th grader with a limited vocabulary consisting only of his name and a small handful of words. The kid rolls around, saying his name, “Timmay!”
The truth behind the character may be a little more complicated than initially thought. Comedy Central wanted to remove him, in fear of potential controversy over his disabilities. The series creators pushed to keep him, pointing out that even though Jimmy is different, the other kids treat him equally.
May the Force Be With You
Yoda, who arranges sentences by object-subject-verb, couldn’t have said it better himself. You may not be the biggest fan of the franchise, but we're sure you've heard of Yoda, right?
We can't help but wonder what Jedis are doing in California and why they'd feel the need to expose themselves like this on a vanity license!
This may be one of the most clever plates on this list; we can't stop laughing! Whoever's car this is, they wanted to make it look like here had been an epic fail when ordering this license plate, but to us, it's a huge win!
Clearly, this Virginia plate was ordered with the “L” purposely left out; the driver added tape and the missing to top it all off, which is honestly the icing on this cake!
Wait for It...
Who would have thought that we would find such a devout Nationals baseball fan in Virginia! This guy got clever with the use of the National's logo incorporated into the rest of his plate, and let's just say; it's legen...dary!
For those of you who may not know, this is a tribute to the sitcom "How I Met Your Mother." One of the characters, Barney, is known for his catchphrase, "legen...wait for it...dary." Do you get it now?
Life Is Like a Box of Chocolates...
...You never know what you're going to get. But with this plate, you know you're going to get smiles. This plate is a sweet and clever tribute to Forrest Gump. It references the hospital scene that occurs after Lieutenant Dan has his legs amputated, and Forrest brings him an ice cream cone to comfort him.
This license plate gets bonus points because they utilized both the frame and the plate to come up with a witty, quick read.
Toe the Line With the Law
If you're looking to draw attention to the way you drive, this type of vanity plate is definitely the way to go! The fine for getting a DUI in the state of Virginia ranges from $250 to $2,500.
This driver is using Virginia Tech's logo on his vanity plate to show everyone that you can love a good drink but still be an excellent (and sober) driver!
The Best Play on Words
It seems to us like Star Wars related license plates are very popular in the states. Though this may be one of many Star Wars plates, it may as well be one of the most clever and is an ode to one of the most beloved characters, R2-D2.
R2-D2 is a droid robot, and in the original films, it was played by actor Kenny Baker, who sat inside the droid, controlling its movements. Which, ironically, is what we do with cars!
Did Someone Say Bacon?
You know how we said that Virginia was the state with the most vanity plates? Well, Ontario is the Virginia of Canada - they've got a ton of them as well! It's safe to say that this driver is definitely into bacon, don't you think?
Interestingly enough, Canadian bacon isn't like American bacon, so one must wonder, what bacon is this guy talking about? Is Canadian bacon that much better than our good ol' American kind? We're booking the next flight to Canada to find out!
Getting a Little Serious
We're going to use this next license plate to lay down some facts for you all. One in every three traffic deaths in the United States involves a drunk driver. In 2013 the state of California issued over 155,000 arrests made for drunk driving.
In California, a first, second, or third DUI is usually considered a misdemeanor. Drunk driving is no joke; always assign a designated driver, and if there isn't one, find an alternate way of getting home!
Best Kind of Divorce Settlement
We would have given anything to be a fly on the wall of this messy divorce. This woman got a whole lot out of her ex-husband, and she wanted everyone to know it!
She’s clearly holding a grudge driving around Ontario with this vanity plate. We're sure she does laps around her ex-husband's neighborhood just to show his mistress who really won this divorce!
Though it may seem like a family-friendly car, let us reassure you that the Mini Cooper is more suitable for two. Don't believe us? Ask this guy! The front seats are spacious, but good luck if you're stuck in the backseat!
If you're in the two-door model, forget about space. Perhaps this unhappy driver wanted to give fellow drivers a chance to learn from his regrets. Thanks for the PSA!
Is it Worth it?
It looks like this driver took whatever money was left over after buying this luxury vehicle and used it to laugh at himself with this vanity plate. If you had over $100,000, would you spend it on a Ferrari? We're not sure we would!
These Italian luxury vehicles are pricey; even their mission statement has us feeling unworthy! "We build cars, symbols of Italian excellence the world over, and we do so to win on both road and track. Unique creations that fuel the Prancing Horse legend and generate a ‘World of Dreams and Emotions.'”
Can someone please teach this driver how to use a map? Or, at the very least, a GPS? They may not know where they're going, but at least they're self-aware!
They may be lost, but then again, aren't we all? Maybe this driver wants you to know you're not alone and that we lose our sense of direction, whether it's on the road or in real life.
Our Favorite Pet!
Who else remembers the "Ch-Ch-Ch-Chia!" jingle for the ’80s commercials for Chia Pets? The terracotta figurines in different shapes that sprout a chia plant. This Kia driver must have a soft spot for the figurines, so much so, they dedicated their license plate to them!
We forgot about Chia Pets, but now that they're back in our lives, we know what we're asking Santa for, for Christmas! Perhaps the Chia Pet company should think about endorsing this guy - he's doing a great job of advertising the product!
Canadian Spelling Bee
With a vanity plate this polite, it comes as no surprise that it's from Ontario. If this car were in the United States, the plate would most likely read something along the lines of "MOOOVE" "or "stand back."
Canadian niceness is pure and untouched by the passive-aggressive meanings found in American niceness. It's everywhere, and it's contagious! So on that note, we'll say we hope you're having an amazing day!
To Infiniti and Beyond!
The word infinity will forever be synonymous with everyone's favorite: Buzz Lightyear. This New Jerseyan couldn't pass up the opportunity to have a license plate with such an iconic quote on it, and we're happy they didn't!
With just a couple of letters, this Infiniti owner managed to get the message across. If there were ever a "Best Vanity License of the Year Award," we're guessing this one would place in the top contenders.
Welcome to California
This license plate sums up California in exactly six characters. Try finding something more Californian than "L8R BRA..." Yeah, we'll wait! The Golden State is known for its infamous jargon used only by the locals. So, if you are planning on visiting anytime soon, you might want to sharpen up on your Californian vocab!
Perhaps we got it all wrong, and this isn't some surfer dude's car; it's actually a housewife is completely over wearing her bras! What do you think?
OMG Virginian Drivers
Yelling to yourself and to other drivers is just a part of being behind the wheel. After a while, you get used to it. You've probably shouted everything from "What are you doing?!" to "move over" to complete strangers.
Instead of voicing their complaints, this Virginia driver decided to put it into words, and by words, we mean, she had it printed on her license plate. We feel you, girl, and we hope that whoever saw this moved!
Entomophobia is the fear of bugs. Imagine sitting next to an entomophob passenger and exclaiming, "Ewww, a bug." Little would they know that you were just reading this Volkswagen Beetle's license plate.
This car owner sure has a sense of humor, and they love using it to scare others! It's hard not to miss the orange New York license plate, so you bugaphob New Yorkers, watch out!
Isn't it Ironic?
This is either a very remarkable coincidence, or the owner of this Ecplipse has a habit of getting into fender benders. We're going to go with the latter because it seems too unlikely that a vanity plate would read "Whoop C" without this being a frequent event.
It also has us wondering, how did this bumper actually fall off? It doesn't seem like there are any dents or scratches that would cause such a dramatic detachment. If you have any answers, please let us know!
Toy Yoda. Very Punny!
We see what you did here, and we're clapping our hands. Yet another die-hard Star Wars fan, only this time, it's really in your face! Considering the Yoda and Star Wars bumper sticker and the play on words license plate - this guy or girl is one Jedi in the making!
Since Baby Yoda broke the internet in 2020 and became everyone's favorite meme, this license plate doesn't surprise us one bit. May the force (and direction) be with you, Toy Yoda.
Stop! In the Name of Love!
We promise we’re not laughing because this minivan was rear-ended. We’re laughing because the person who caused the collision didn’t look at the license plate in front of them. If they had, maybe the van wouldn’t have an ironically-placed dent!
Alas, rear-end collisions are no laughing matter in the United States. According to Abels & Annes, P.C., Personal Injury Lawyers, around 1.7 million rear-end collisions occur each year. Yikes!
Getting the Job Done
If you aren't having fun at work, you're not doing what you love. This tow truck employee is right on track. While it may be a little rude to rub the truth in their clients' faces, they're from New York...so...while it’s a bit rude to rub the lack of car in their clients’ faces, the subtle jab makes complete sense to us.
These car owners probably don't live in the city, considering only 22 percent of households in Manhattan own cars. Where are these cars being towed? Inquiring minds want to know!
Helloooo electric! This Tesla owner from Maryland is on their way to a better life. They are saying goodbye to the environmentally unfriendly, money guzzling gas and moving onto the new age of electric cars. And we are here for it!
Not only do we love this vanity plate, but we love the green sparkle of this car. It's the perfect fusion between old and new, vintage and modern. We love everything about it!
Stating the Obvious
Buying a car that says "smart" on it just wasn't enough for this car owner. They had to go the extra mile and add a license plate, letting everyone know that they aren't dumb.
To be honest, the only good thing about smart cars is all the parking options it opens up. Other than that, you're stuck with a slow accelerating, bad shifting quality little car. Not so smart now, are you?
Are You An Outie, Or...?
We admit it took us a couple of moments to understand the humor in this one, but we couldn't help laughing once we got it. If you missed the joke, you're in luck because we're here to break it down for you.
This car is an Audi, or in this case, an “outie,” and the license plate says “or innie.” So, this car owner is literally asking the person driving behind them if they have an outie or innie bellybutton!
The Fast and the Furious
We guess that in Tennessee, they want you to know they're going to slow for them. The reasoning behind this is rather curious, considering they're already driving a Corvette.
Then again, this car owner lives in Tennessee, where there are many open roads to cruise down through. We completely understand if they're upset that they're cruising down the highway and suddenly have to swerve around a minivan!
Okay, we're trying to understand exactly what this Rhode Island driver is trying to tell us with this license plate. If you have no kids, you're going to be able to afford a Corvette? Does having a Corvette fill the hole in his heart because he has no kids?
Owning a Corvette is more like a lifestyle than an actual car. Owners tend to customize them and bring them to shows around the country. It makes sense that they would opt for a childfree life when their car takes up so much of their time!
Prenup? Nope, Just the Lambo!
Ontarians take their prenuptial agreements very, very seriously. We're not the biggest car fans, but if there was a Lamborghini involved in our marriage, we're sure we would include it in our prenup!
This car owner wanted everyone to know that their car may be more important to them than their marriage? Or maybe they're single, and they want other singles to know that if they're interested, the car stays theirs in case things go south!
Just in case anyone forgot what the plate of metal screwed to this car is, you have a friendly reminder that it is, in fact, a license plate. We're not sure what spirit there is to discover in North Dakota, but if they're all about stating the obvious, maybe we should visit.
Vanity plates like these make it hard not to smirk and shake your head. It's also a great use of seven characters. They really managed to get their message across.
We don't care for blonde jokes; we know some pretty brilliant blondes! But this license plate has us giggling. They chose a blonde joke and stuck with it by putting their license plate upside down - as "a blonde would do."
We wonder if an upside-down license plate is even legal? Though why wouldn't it be? We can read it pretty clear anyway!
Thank You, Forever!
Our guess is someone's dad bought them a car...and a license plate to remind them this every time they go for a spin! If all our dad wanted in return for buying us a car was a license plate dedicated to him, we'd go for it!
They could even get creative with their stories...it's a great conversation starter. Imagine someone asking you what you owed your dad? Where would you let your imagination take you?
Not So Lucky Today
This is what happens when you get a little too cocky. This Lexus driver seems to think their "always lucky," yet they're bumper begs to differ. Perhaps someone got upset at this Lexus owner's overconfident ways and decided to show them that no, in fact, they aren't always lucky.
The fact of the matter is, they're from California, which means that stop-and-go traffic is one thing they're used to. Meaning, the person behind them was most likely not paying attention when they smashed into this car. It's okay; you'll be lucky again tomorrow!
Let's Hear it For New York
If you've ever met a New Yorker, you know that this is the perfect license plate for an Empire State local. The "ew" is short and sweet, abrupt, like the fast-paced city that we know and love as New York City.
We love it, and though it's a bit rude, we couldn't imagine a New York vanity plate with anything else. On second thought, who really knows any New Yorker that owns a car?
Dora the (Ford) Explorer
One good thing about having kids is that they open up new worlds to you. For example, this Ford owner has now named his car Dora, as she is an explorer.
We love this clever use of the title of the children's show, and to be honest, we're impressed that they thought of it. Perhaps their kid got super excited when their parents told them they were bringing home an Explorer?
Yes, this car stands the test of time, and in all honesty, we're glad it does. This vehicle looks like something out of the film "Back to the Future," which, too, is indeed timeless.
We can't help but wonder how this car owner knew that this car would become timeless. It makes us think, perhaps they're are visiting from the future?
There was a time when we would turn everything into an acronym. Internet slang became a real thing, and we wouldn't be lying if it makes us a little lazy - after all, we didn't really need to type out letters, we would type slang!
This cynical car owner wants to be anywhere but here, so they got a plate to exude exactly that. L8r loser! We'll bbl (be back later; for those who have already forgotten)!
Or Forever Hold Your Peace
When we were younger, our parents would always make sure to use the restroom before setting out on long trips. It was the smart thing to do, though we would insist we didn't need to go most of the time.
This New Hampshire resident needed a reminder to tell their kids to use the bathroom before leaving, so why not print it on their license plate? It seems reasonable to us!
The Truth Is Infront of You
Hauling tires from place to place must be exhausting, so it comes as no surprise that this tire-truck driver decided to get a license plate that's a play on words. He's tired!
Ironically enough, the plate itself looks like it's been through hell and back and is holding on by a thread. We get it; it's a tiring life!
Watch Your Back
Well, this one's a little melancholy if you ask us. This hearse or funeral home car is on its way to a funeral - and they want you to know, you may be next.
Obviously, this is a lighthearted joke, and though it is a little morbid, it had us giggling. This is a clever way to ensure that reckless drivers stay safe on the road because if they don't, they may be next!
As we've mentioned, perhaps the only good thing about a Smart car is that it fits almost anywhere. This (smart) car owner wanted the world to know they know exactly what they're worth - so they got it printed on a plate.
The fact that this is a New York license plate makes it all the better. Of course, this guy's a New Yorker smarty pants!
This one is too good to be true, and though we hope everyone involved in this crash came out safely, the license plate has us giggling. How ironic is it that this guy got a license plate that reads "clumsy."
Perhaps this was a self-fulfilling prophecy, and they should have gotten a plate that said "always safe" instead?
Politely Cutting You Off
This Benz will cut you off, but they don't feel bad about it; after all, they've courteously said, "Excuse me." Well, maybe they haven't actually asked, but their license plate sure implies it!
You know what they say, you don't mess with Texas, and we would never mess with this guy!