208 Creative, Witty, Or Straight Up Funny License Plates People Have Spotted On The Roads

Car plates are government-issued documents and, as such, are a very boring combination of letters and numbers. But hey, who said they have to stay that way? As long as it follows a couple of rules, the said combination can be literally anything. And this is how custom license plate ideas started to emerge.

Some people try to include their lucky numbers or spell their first or last name, but the really creative license plates go one step further. From your favorite character to your nickname and even your mood, car owners come up with so many variations that collecting photos of clever license plates has now become a real hobby. 

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But humankind wouldn’t be what we are if we didn’t have our sense of humor. So, of course, it was only a matter of time before funny license plates began appearing on the roads. Only limited by the number of characters on the plate, they poke fun at current events or politics, while the bravest might even joke about themselves. 

The biggest drawback behind custom-made license plates, also known as vanity plates, is that you need to pay extra to have one issued for you. And although they are not allowed everywhere, more and more authorities are opening up to the idea of issuing customized cool license plates. A survey was conducted in 2007, revealing that among the US states, Virginia had the largest percentage of registered customized plates, while Texas had the lowest. 

If you or your friends are considering getting funny vanity plates for your vehicles but can’t figure out how to fit into the regulations established by the authorities in your country or province, we have collected some custom license plate ideas to inspire you. And if you already have a vanity plate, don’t forget to share it in the comments.

#1 The Licence Plate On His Hearse

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#2 I Was At The Right Place At The Right Time

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#3 This Car Outside My Hotel

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Bored Panda reached out to license plate collector, trader, and the man behind LicensePlateTok Ethan Craft to talk about all things license plates.

Ethan has been interested in license plates since he was a kid. He recalls his dad and him driving for what felt like hours—just too long for the then 3-year-old—so he decided to keep himself busy by pointing out the different license plates he saw on the road.

“I guess it worked a little too well and now I’m still interested in plates more than 20 years later,” joked Ethan. The seemingly very innocent game quickly turned into a passion and eventually into an entire TikTok channel.

#4 Very Appropriate License Plate

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#5 “Not OJ” License Plate

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#6 These 2 Cars Had Some Pretty Identical License Plates

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#7 Tops My Interesting License Plate List

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Besides regular license plates that don’t usually say anything worthwhile unless you get lucky, there are also vanity license plates. And this is where humankind’s creativity blossoms. Sure, you have your personal names or nicknames, but you can be crazier than that. The only limits are the space you have on the plates themselves and quantity of words available in whatever language you use, minus all the words your mom told you never to say.

“Almost everyone likes to show a little personality when they can, and custom personalized license plates are a great way to do that,” elaborates Ethan. “One reason they seem to be becoming more common is that now they’re all over the world in Europe and Australia and the Americas, whereas they were once pretty limited to the United States. But seeing a funny or interesting plate on the road, that always makes my day.”

#8 Best Tesla Vanity Plate

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#9 Do License Plates Get Any More Metal?

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#10 Couldn’t A Ford The New License Plate?

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#11 Smart Lad

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#12 Drunk Drivers Hit My Car And Fled The Scene. I’d Be More Upset If I Didn’t Have The Best Vanity Plate

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It’s been roughly 20 years that Ethan has been collecting license plates at this point, and it has been growing exponentially ever since he kicked off @LicensePlateTok.

“I haven’t done a full count recently but I must have hundreds, maybe even over 1,000, mostly from the U.S. and Canada, but I really want to expand my international collection and hopefully get a plate from every country in the world one day,” said Ethan.

According to PD insurance, it is estimated that there are roughly 1.45 billion cars out there in the world. Double that and that’s how many license plates there should be in theory. And hence you can imagine just how much room is there for creativity if you account for all the different countries and states with all of their different designs matched with people’s ingenuity for shoving witty puns and one-liners into an average of 6 to 8 characters.

And Ethan’s favorite license plate is also one of the more unique ones in the world: “It’s hard to pick just one favorite but I really love the license plates of the Northwest Territories in Canada, which are cut out to be in the shape of a polar bear.”

#13 This Car Cut Me Off. I Was Mad Until I Looked At Their License Plate

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#14 This License Plate With All B’s And 8’s

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#15 License Plate Checks Out

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#16 This Guy’s License Plate

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#17 Number Plate Of A Van Delivering Portaloos

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Now, you might think that something as simple as a license plate—a metal rectangle with the most basic of automotive identification information on it—will stay just that and that there isn’t much room to innovate.

There is.

Ethan shared with us, as well as in one of his videos, that there is such a thing as “digital” license plates. They have actually been a thing for several years at this point, being run as a pilot test in California. Basically, they are “an iPad on the back of your car that shows the plate number”, as Ethan put it.

And while the novelty and technology sounds cool, providing a tad bit more customization and even acting as a safety feature (notifying if a car was stolen), it comes at a much steeper price. Besides that, it’s only a matter of time until someone hacks them and uses the built-in GPS to track people and do other sorts of invasive maneuvers.

“California has also recently launched wrapped plates for the front of peoples’ cars only, which are basically stickers for people who don’t want to drill holes into their front bumper,” added Ethan.

#18 My Mom Caught This Bear In Front An Appropriate License Plate In Lake Tahoe

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#19 This Is The Best License Plate I’ve Seen Yet

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#20 Mike Tyson’s Tesla

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#21 My Wife Said This License Plate Made Her Think Of Me

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#22 Just Saw This Bad Boy On The Highway. Zoom In On The License Plate

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Ethan hopes people take more time to look at and appreciate license plates as they really have a lot to offer, despite their simplicity.

“There’s so much history and so many variations, no matter what you’re interested in or where you are from, there is bound to be a cool plate or two in your area. But I’ve heard from some of my followers that my account has helped get them interested in plate collecting, and that’s really my only goal. I’m thrilled to be ‘the license plate guy’ and the public face of the hobby I love so much.”

You can check out more from Ethan on his TikTok channel, where he talks about all things license plates—delivers the latest news, breaks down the history, reviews the different designs, and just straight up educates folks on license plates.

#23 This Is Officially My New Favorite License Plate And Holder Combination

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#24 Small Pee Pee

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#25 Lamborghini Aventador The License Plate Gave Me A Good Laugh

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#26 Came Across This Cheeky License Plate Today

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#27 What A Great Vanity Plate

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#28 My License Plate Has Never Been So Fitting

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#29 Two 666 License Plates In A Row

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#30 Best Number Plate Ever

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#31 Decommissioned Police Interceptor

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#32 Fitting License Plate

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#33 Finally Got My Personalized Plate

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#34 I Would Not Have Posted… Except For The Vanity Plate

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#35 This Driving School Has A Car With Vanity Plates Saying “Noob”

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#36 Old Lady Drove By. This Is Her License Plate

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#37 When You Tell Me It’s Friday

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#38 What A Jerk

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#39 My 65 Mustang Next To My Dad’s. Dad’s License Plates Would Have Been Popular Now. (1965)

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#40 My Plate Is On The Right Saw His Plate And Had To Get This Shot

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#41 Meeoooww

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#42 Baby Yoda

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#43 DMC Delorean The License Plate Says Outatime Just Like The Delorean From Back To The Future! Northern Illinois

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#44 The License Plate On A Police Car In My Hometown

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#45 My Response When People Say, “So Are You Planning To Leave Your House Now?”

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#46 This Guy Decided He Didn’t Need A State License Plate, He Just Needed To Rep Blue Lives

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#47 Watsgas

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#48 Solid Advice

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#49 Passionate About Snacks

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#50 Read The License Plate

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#51 Saw The Best Vanity License Plate Ever Today

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#52 Lunch Break Vanity Plate Sighting

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#53 Best License Plate Ever

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#54 I Was Getting Really Irritated At This Old Man Driving Incredibly Slow In The Left Lane Until I Saw His License Plate

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#55 Imagine Hating Science So Much That You Paid For A Custom Plate To Express Your Displeasure

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#56 Clever Saab Owner

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#57 I’ve Been Holding Onto This One

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#58 Gotta Go, Gotta Go!!

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#59 Omg Yas

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#60 Spotted This Descriptive License Plate

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#61 It’s The License Plate That Sells It

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#62 Saw This License Plate Today

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#63 Perfect License Plate For This Park Job

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#64 I’m Embarrassed At How Long It Took Me To Read The License Plate

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#65 Check The License Plate

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#66 Also An Appropriate License Plate

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#67 Saw This Old Couples License Plate… Clever

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#68 I Was Looking At The Car And Then I Saw The License Plate

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#69 The License Plate Makes It! Pic Taken In Petoskey Michigan

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#70 The Perfect License Plate Doesn’t Exi…

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#71 Lamborghini With A Funny License Plate

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#72 Saw This License Plate When I Was Walking Out Of Walmart Today

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#73 Bob Marley’s Car??

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#74 Hmmmm

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#75 Grateful

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#76 Thanks For Telling Everyone

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#77 He’s Bald

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#78 Now That’s A Clever One

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#79 Ultima RS Randomly On The Freeway. Very Appropriate License Plate!

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#80 Lamborghini Huracan Performante In Sky Blue With License Plate “Litt” Spotted On I95 In Massachusetts. Very Rare To See Anything Nice Around Here

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#81 Perfect License Plate

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#82 Cheeky License Plate

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#83 A Tesla With A Bitcoin License Plate

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#84 Model X In Her Natural Habitat

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#85 Noticed A Limo At The Zoo Today And Wondered Why Someone Would Drive That To The Zoo. As I Was Leaving I Noticed The License Plate

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#86 A Jeep Wrangler With A Vanity Plate That Looks Like The Wrangler Front

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#87 Best Vanity Plate I’ve Seen

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#88 Him: “Do You Want Custom License Plates?” Her:

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#89 I Saw This License Plate On The Way In To The Office Today

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#90 Now That’s A Statement

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#91 Now That’s A Number Plate

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#92 Please Pull Me Over

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#93 I’m Freee DJ Dave

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#94 I Wonder How Does The Inside Of The Car Smell

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#95 Probably The Best License Plate

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#96 I Saw My Favorite Purple Heart License Plate

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#97 I Know If Anyone Would Appreciate My New License Plate, It’d Be You Guys

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#98 The License Plate Agrees. Bucedesatti

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#99 As A Hobby, I Collect Pictures Of Unique License Plates. Spotted Yesterday Afternoon

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#100 New License Plate Came Today!

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#101 Dora Tha… Explorer

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#102 Ppl Suck

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#103 Screaming Because Of The Potholes In Pennsylvania

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#104 He Has Got A Point

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#105 Water Lover

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#106 Tells Alot

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#107 I’m So Glad You Exist

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#108 The License Plate Says It All

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#109 Saab 96 With A Great License Plate. Spotted On Woodward Ave In Michigan

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#110 Lamborghini With A Fitting License Plate

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#111 BMW M4 Clever License Plate

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#112 Inconspicuous License Plate

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#113 Just Your Everyday License Plate

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#114 Somebody Thinks Their Personalized License Plate Is So Clever

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#115 Saw This License Plate Today

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#116 A Really Passive Aggressive License Plate I Saw Today

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#117 Saw This License Plate Today At The Light Gotta Love It

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#118 My Grandparents License Plate

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#119 This Vet’s Purple Heart License Plate Is A Commentary How He Qualified For It

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#120 “$20 Says You Can’t Get The C Word On Your License Plate” Challenge Accepted

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#121 I Actually Like The Mach-E, So What’s Up With The Custom Plate

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#122 Just Wanted To Share My Custom Plate

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#123 The Rick And Morty Sticker Is Bad On Its Own But The Plate Restores Balance, I Bet He’s A Funny Dad

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#124 Weird Flex But Ok

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#125 Reynolds???

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#126 Gas, For Laughing Out Loud

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#127 Ironically, I’m On The Phone With My Wife Right Now

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#128 Miami Vice Vibes

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#129 My New License Plate Arrived Today!

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#130 1.6 GPA

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#131 Porsche 959 From A Few Years Ago In Tucson AZ. I Love The License Plate

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#132 Land Rover Defender Nice License Plate

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#133 Friend Snapped Me This Because They Thought The License Plate Was Funny

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#134 I Live In New Zealand. First Time Seeing A Model S. License Plate Did Not Disappoint

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#135 So Glad Emperor Palpatine Let Us Choose Vanity Plates For Our Civilian Speeders

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#136 Maybe The Most Clever License Plate I’ve Ever Seen

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#137 My Vanity Plates Finally Came In And I’m In Love

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#138 I Bet This Hun Thought She Was So Clever Snagging This Vanity Plate Up!

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#139 Always Nice When The Vanity Plate Ya Want Is Available. Lovin My New Plate

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#140 Saw An R8 With The Best Vanity Plate

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#141 Best Use Of A Vanity Plate In Texas I’ve Ever Seen

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#142 My Husband And I Got Drunk And Ordered A Vanity License Plate… I Do Not Regret It

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#143 We’re Doing License Plates Today? Am I Doing It Right?

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#144 Who Needs Ok Cupid When You Have License Plates

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#145 License Plate On A H2 Hummer

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#146 This Truck And The License Plate I Drove Home Behind Today

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#147 This Mini Cooper’s License Plate

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#148 So I Saw A Cobra Today… The License Plate Nearly Killed Me

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#149 Found A Very Low License Plate Number Today

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#150 Saw This License Plate Yesterday; It Gave Me The Jitters

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#151 Saw This Awesome License Plate Yesterday

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#152 That’s An Interesting One

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#153 Yeah Bro

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#154 Strong Men Also Cry

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#155 America Is Not Something Worth Celebrating This Year. So I Don’ Wanna!

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#156 Is That The New Variation

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#157 What A Coincidence, I Myself Am A Pickle Freak

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#158 Californian Climate Makes You Feel Like

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#159 The Sticker Makes It Better

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#160 In Pain In Maine

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#161 I Love Bacon But This Guy Took It To Another Level

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#162 Hi There

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#163 Texas Is Big

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#164 Thank You Domino’s Delivery Guy

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#165 I Can’t Be The First To Take A Pic Of This Personalized Plate

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#166 The Most German License Plate

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#167 A True German License Plate

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#168 Spotted A Rare Icelandic Model S In Reykjavík With A Great License Plate

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#169 Saw This License Plate The Other Day

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#170 An Office-Themed Vanity Plate And My New Plate Arrived Today!!

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#171 Best License Plate Ever

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#172 I Got My Colorado License Plates Today And This Is What My Randomly Generated Plate Was

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#173 Good Use Of License Plate Frame And Personalized Plate. Barney Would Have Been Proud

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#174 Indiana License Plate Approval Office Staffed Entirely By 15-Year Old Boys

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#175 My Uncle Peter And Aunt Phyllis Got A Custom License Plate. It Didn’t Turn Out The Way They Thought

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#176 My Uber Drivers License Plate

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#177 Things You See On The Interstate… Pay Attention To The License Plate!!

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#178 MC Ribs

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#179 Nobody, Literally Nobody, Tesla Owners:

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#180 If You Insist

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#181 Bad Mobile

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#182 100% True

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#183 Someone Has Been A Busy Bee

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#184 This Bear Shaped License Plate

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#185 License Plate Checks Out On This Viper ACR

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#186 Good Looking Porsche With A Great Vanity Plate

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#187 Just A Random License Plate I Saw The Other Day

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#188 Saw This Cringe Personalized License Plate In The Wild

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#189 I Know It’s A Novelty Plate, But Still Funny

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#190 Just Spotted In Classy Lexington, Kentucky

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#191 Fatboyy

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#192 SpongeBob’s Jeep

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#193 Corn Star

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#194 This Is Cute

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#195 Glad Dad

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#196 Oh The Irony

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#197 Hi

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#198 A Big Mac Crossed The Road… No That Wasn’t A Joke, A Big Mac Really Did Cross The Road

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#199 Having Fun

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#200 We All Have Issues, Some More Than Others

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#201 Ready To Cry

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#202 Be Patient When Driving

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#203 Meow

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#204 Time Machine

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#205 Dolly!

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#206 Exactly. Question Everything

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