Previous “License Plates” posts

A Cannabis-Themed License Plate Auction 

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

In Colorado, certain vanity license plates are auctioned off by the state to raise money. At present, the rights to marijuana-themed license plates are being auctioned to benefit Colorado Disability Funding. Naturally, the auction began at 4:20 PM on April Fools’ Day, and ends at 4:20 PM on 4/20.

An assortment of marijuana-themed Colorado vanity plates

While this is certainly a clever way to raise funds to benefit the disabled community, I can’t say the plates seem like a very good idea. It is of course still illegal to drive while under the influence of marijuana, and these plates are certain to catch the eye of Colorado law enforcement. Worse still, drivers will surely leave Colorado occasionally, and enter states where marijuana is not yet legalized.

Also, the fact that “HAPPY” is considered marijuana-themed is somewhat troubling.

Ben Hart Might Be God 

Friday, February 21st, 2020

After a four year legal battle, 80-year-old Ben Hart has finally received his vanity Kentucky license plate, which reads “IM GOD”.

In addition to getting his message stamped, Hart appears to be selecting plate types which are specifically religious in nature. Take a close look at the photo above, and you’ll see that his Kentucky plate reads “In God We Trust”, while the Ohio plate says “One Nation Under God”. Neither of these are the default plates for their respective states.

Offended by Micturation 

Wednesday, August 28th, 2019

For 15 years, New Hampshire resident Wendy Auger has had a cheeky license plate.

Now, New Hampshire is coming for it.

Previously in rejected vanity plates: I Really Want to Know Why “TUNAFSH” Got Rejected


Update (August 30th, 2019): Just one day after this story appeared on One Foot Tsunami, it has a happy ending. New Hampshire governor Chris Sununu must not have a lot going on, because he stepped in to overrule his DMV, and Wendy Auger will be able to keep her plate.

The Backfiring Vanity Plate 

Wednesday, August 14th, 2019

When computer hacker Droogie scored the license plate “NULL”, he thought it might prevent him from ever getting a ticket. Things have gone a little differently.

Previously in null-related Nonsense: Little Jenny Null

I Really Want to Know Why “TUNAFSH” Got Rejected 

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019

In California, approximately a quarter of a million vanity license plates are requested each year, and a small team of bureaucrats is responsible for approving or rejecting those requests. Each applicant must include an explanation as to why they’re requesting this plate. Los Angeles Magazine has collected some of the most amusing plate requests, as well as the notes from the DMV employee who review it.

A plate reading Oh En Double-U 2 Be Why Be

Applicant Explanation: On my way to bang your bitch

DMV Comments: What he said

Verdict: No

Come on, man, at least try! An explanation of “On my way to baby” would have worked, and almost certainly gotten this stupid plate.

Also, a side note: The article’s introduction includes this strange text:

Helpful departmental guidelines also warn reviewers to watch out for words like “pink,” “monkey,” and “muffin”—all euphemisms for vagina—along with their phallic counterparts like “knackers,” “anaconda,” and “nards.”

I have never, ever heard “monkey” used as a euphemism for vagina. Have you?

“In Pursuit of a Red Honda Civic, License Plate Echo-Alpha-Tango 💩” 

Monday, March 4th, 2019

For residents of Queensland, Australia, the future is (almost) now. Very soon, those lucky dogs will be able to add emoji to their license plates.

This could be quite beneficial. Depending on how angry a driver you are, getting the perfect license plate emoji could really save a lot of wear and tear on your own digits.

Seems Legit 

Wednesday, March 9th, 2016

What is this world coming to when driving with a laughably bad hand-painted cardboard license plate is a crime?

Fake Plate
How did they even spot the forgery?

License Plates of the Past 

Tuesday, July 1st, 2014

License plates in America were once things of beauty, or at the very least, simplicity. Over at Slate, William Morgan takes a look back.

MA License Plate with Tiny Fish
A rather guppy-looking cod.

Automated Cameras Gone Mad 

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Over in Italy, a man has received a traffic citation for riding a moped in a restricted area. The only problem? He was walking, sans moped. Apparently, automated traffic cameras picked up a license plate he’d attached to his backpack, and a ticket was automatically, and hilariously, issued.

License Plate on Backback
Apparently, this is a ticketable offense.

Invisible License Plates 

Thursday, August 8th, 2013

Apparently, officials throughout the country have been issued “invisible” license plates. Though they can of course be seen with the naked eye, the fact that they’re intentionally not in any databases means computers don’t recognize them at all. As such, the vehicles wind up immune to parking tickets and automated traffic camera speeding tickets.