Vanity Plate Gallery
Welcome to the Vanity Plate Gallery. I wrote four books in the Claire Montrose series, which featured a vanity plate verifier (there really are such people!). Know of a good vanity plate? Click here to submit it, and we'll add it to the gallery.
Here are vanity plates submitted by readers:
Bob in Pennsylvania says, "From the days of Nutn Hony cereal on various cars. When one car got stolen, the plate got confiscated, so I ended up with a standard plate. He adds, "I also have Corvette vanity plates from 38 different states."
Chuck Williams shares this matched pair:
Douglas Smith in Hillsboro Oregon shares this one
AN Oregon contribution from Taylors Towing
(am I too wise for you)
Tommy J Edwards' plate on his black 2006 Chevy Avalanche in Memphis TN
Bill Parker saw this one on a Porsche leaving a hospital parking lot in Orlando. Writes Bill, "..figured it was a proctologist, my wife said maybe he was just a butt!"
Kevin Knoke sports this plate on his 1998 Corvette Convertible in Arkansas
Dee Dennis reports they were driving along behind this one in Idaho recently
Submitted by Ruth. This is her own vanity plate.
Submitted by Leslie. It appears on a Virginia Chesapeake Bay plate featuring sea grasses and a blue crab.
Also submitted by Leslie. She wonders if there are any Dorothy L members in Alabama(?) where they're issuing a bookworm plate to raise money for education.
Submitted by Pattie. As seen on a car screaming past her!
Submitted by Sandie. This is her own vanity plate on her 1997 Corvette. The original owner of the car, Jim Schefter, wrote the book ALL CORVETTES ARE RED and initially got the plate in Utah. Sandie was able to get the same plate in her state when she bought the car.
Submitted by Jodi as seen on a convertible.
Also submitted by Jodi. This plate belongs to an optometrist.
Jodi saw this plate on a Mazda and provided this hint: they make the 323 and 626.
Mary saw this plate after seeing April at a reading in Arizona.
Ruth (1QTP2T) caught this plate on a VW Rabbit in California.
Ruth has quite an eye for vanity plates. The following are Pennsylvania plates she has seen.
William sent this one as seen on a Nebraska University coed's vanity plate. "Probably a very popular young woman," William muses.
Another Nebraska plate submitted by William. If this were an Oregon plate, we might believe it was a University of Oregon alumni.
Star Trek fan Elizabeth saw this plate and wished she had thought of it first.
Mem offers this plate: To Be or Not To Be
Elizabeth noticed this scholarly vanity plate.
Karen sent us these four vanity plates...
Tamara and her family have owned a number of plates...
T N LACE
This is her current plate. Very appropriate for a tea loving lacemaker/designer. Surprisingly, someone in her state had already registered her first choice: T&LACE.
Tamara remarks, "It worked a treat—people gave me a wide berth, especially when I tried to parallel-park..."
Ambivalent. "I learned to drive like I learned to use E-mail—kicking and screaming all the way," Tamara quips.
"When I thought it up, I meant the 0 to be interpreted as "naught" (not)," Tamara explains, "so the plate was to read 'not too late for T', meaning that I learned to drive late, but still managed. However, most people read it as 'oh, not too late for tea' which was OK, but not satisfactory."
"I'm a cutie" This is a plate Tamara happened to see.
Tamara saw this one on a Caddy. Translation: "you see why I'm poor"
Lynne offers this clever plate representing "paradox" via "pair of docs".
Lynne's friend, Janet, is an Attorney at Law and has this vanity plate. To translate, read it backwards.
Lynne noted this plate on a shiny blue sports car in Oregon. "Of course the Oregon tree was right in the middle of the words, so it was AZ (tree) IF," Lynne quipped.
Lynne's husband, Bob, noticed this plate on a Buick sedan.
Bob had this plate in California for a 1977 car, silver (ag47) in color.
Another Lynne find in Oregon. "Maybe it means 'be alert, the world needs more lerts'," Lynne jokes.
This plate was spotted on a silver Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo with an Oregon salmon license plate. "FISHED" displays right over the salmon.
NOT A MG
Lynne's 1959 memory:
Today Bob and I pulled into the parking lot at our gym near a little bright red car. "Oh, look," said Bob, "That's an MG."
"No," said Lynne (also known to family and friends as "Clueless about Cars"), "That's a Morgan."
We got out of our car and went over to the little red convertible. At that moment another couple walked over, saying "Look at the MG."
Said I, "I think it's a Morgan."
When we got to the car, we found small plaques installed on it (both front and back) stating "75th Anniversary of the Morgan" or something similar.
And to cinch the matter, the license plates clearly proclaimed "NOT A MG".
Seen in the parking lot of Costco on a small, dark green convertible MG.
This plate adorns a shiny new red GMC RV somewhere in suburbia.
Mike offers this plate from his friend in Oregon.
A "computer error" reported by Scott. This one is best heard first, then written down to reveal the nature of the computer error. This is an "ID10T" error.
Jo Ann saw this plate in Sausalito CA about 20 years ago and notes, "I don't know if you could get by with that today."
Judy sent April these plates...
The owner of this plate is running late in Missouri.
A Fab Four fan in Idaho sports this plate.
An intriguing Oregon plate.
A Washington plate of mystery.
The Oregon driver with this plate would rather be on the green than on the road.
Endless possibilities for this driver.
While living in California, Mardi frequently saw a silver Mercury with this plate. Given there was always a male and female in the car, she logically concluded these were the initials of the owners. Mardi continues, "Then one day I was giving a ride to a co-worker who was an engineer. He idly asked me if I had figured out that license plate message. It was then I learned the cleverness of it and have not forgotten it. (Reading your current paperback Heart-Shaped Box reminded me of it as you used AG in a plate.)"
Mardi saw this license plate which she took to mean "love to cuddle." Says Mardi, "...it being on a small camper really tickled me."
Brenda submitted this vanity license plate as seen on a Jaguar.
Shon (The Mad Hatter) spotted these plates...
"Now, picture this: You pull into the parking lot at MailBoxes, Etc. In front of you is a VERY GREEN, brand new VW Bug. Picture the back of a new VW: see the shape, and think of an animal. Now, think of the view through the rear window, of the head rests--with a big oval hole in the middle of each one. Do they make you think of eyes? Picture the rear bumper: doesn't it resemble a really wide mouth? Now back up enough so you can see the license plate--Ta Da!"
Shon noted this wistful plate on a zippy little silver Mercedes sports car.
Guess we know what's in this driver's tape deck.
Seen on Realtors' tour day.
On an SUV with animal cages in the back.
As seen on a convertible, of course.
On a VW Bug (current model)
On another current model VW Bug
Presumably an ophthalmologist
Seen on a really raspberry-colored car
Decorating a Mazda Miata
On a Volvo, of course.
Shon saw this plate on a red Dodge 4x4.
"Cause I love her?"
As seen on an SUV with a dog screen in the back.
And from Northeastern Oregon...
This plate belongs to the Inn Keepers of the Stampede Inn in Elgin, Oregon.
PTCRUISERGUY.COM, whose own personalized plate is GUY.COM, submitted these Floridian plates...
1 Tooth Doctor (a.k.a. dentist)
Gynecologist's Mercedes Plate
OB/GYN's Plate (DNC)
Every plate tells a story and so do these plates submitted by Sharon...
This plate, "Ford Lover", adorns a Ford pickup owned by Sharon's friend. Explains Sharon, "The interesting part is her boyfriend's last name is Ford, so she apparently loves two Fords."
Sharon's husband owns this plate symbolizing "Lake to Sky", the name of their 50 acre land on Flathead Lake in Montana
Mike contributed this easygoing plate which translates to "to use for ease"
Scott saw this plate just fine.
No, you're not seeing double. Scott submitted this plate, also.
Greg noted these plates on his travels...
Here's a plate you can get behind.
Can't go wrong with this one.
There's no excuse for this plate.
IC U 2
Don't look now, but Greg spotted this one, also.
You're OK, I'm OK.
Have we met?
Now here's a plate with attitude.
Don't slow down to read this plate.
A real vanity plate.
Keep on perking?
Hey buddy, keep your eyes on the road.
Here's a driver to avoid.
Here are some classic plates on some classic cars at the 20th annual Klamath Kruise in Klamath Falls, Oregon...
on a Corvette
on a 1947 Ford
on a 1932 Chevy
on a 1956 Thunderbird
on a 1967 Corvette
on a 1957 Thunderbird
on a Chevy Camaro
on a 1964 Chevy Impala
on a 1971 Javelin
on a 1955 Chevy
on a 1967 Camaro
on a 1932 Ford
on a 1966 Chevy Nova
on a Ford Mustang
on a 1955 Chevy pickup
on a 1957 Chevy
on a 1970 Chevy Super Sport
on a Corvette
Only in Beverly Hills...
Karyl spotted this gem in Beverly Hills CA. Says Karyl, "Driving the SUV was an incredibly, astoundingly lovely woman!"
Judy spotted these plates in Washington and Oregon...
As luck would have it, Judy spotted this plate in Oregon.
This carefree plate adorned a black Honda Accord.
This plate was seen on a fast traveling red Volvo.
Motivation on wheels. In this case, very nice wheels—a red Ford Mustang convertible.
Kevin sent April these clever plates...
Kevin spotted this plate on, what else, a green VW bug. (Watermelon)
I wonder why someone wanted this plate.
Jan sent this brilliant plate. Says Jan, "My friend used to have this one, but it kept getting stolen, so she gave up on it."
Here's one to keep traffic buzzing.
A plate that doesn't have to be served.
Jan explains, "A young, blond girl, 20-ish, in a BMW, on the phone (of course)."
Lori sent us this plate that somehow got past the Vanity Plate Decency League.
Karyl offers this urologist's license to pee in North Carolina.
Ravin spotted a white Corvette sporting this exquisite plate.
Barbara paid tribute to a music icon with this vanity plate which could also mean "love's forever".
Michael shows us once again that Urologists are not humorless.
Should this one be driving?
If you can't figure out this vanity plate, you may have had one too many.
I'm for Jesus
I believe in you.
I see you are busy.
I am a cutie!
Donetta spied this plate while driving through Albany, Oregon. Translation: Bet you can't.
Jennifer spotted this one which makes one wonder how it slipped past the DMV censors!
As the saying goes, if you can't serve as a good example, serve as a bad warning.
Can't help but like this driver.
Mary submitted this tricky plate seen on a white Honda Accord in Phoenix Arizona. Translation: High Maintenance.
HA Y N
Kevin saw this plate on a brightly-colored VW bus. Says Kevin, "It took me a minute to figure this one to be 'Hawaiian'."
Another Kevin find, "One that was obvious, but subtle in its creativity. One in a million."
"And it seems like every new Beetle has to have a personalized plate," Kevin quips. This one is on a green Bug.
This one is on an orange Bug.
This one is on a yellow Bug.
This one is on a red Bug.
Liz spied these plates on the streets of New York...
Seen on a gray sedan, driven by a gray-haired man.
Seen on a black sports car with tinted windows.
Rot may not have his own vanity plates, but he's friend or family to many who do...
"my dentist has this one"
"my dad has this, we're a family of snow skiers"
"on my mom's orange VW Beetle—my parents are Oregon State Univ. (Beavers) fans"
"on my sister's VW Passat (German for "let's go" or something to that effect)"
"saw on red VW beetle it is the German spelling for the German pronunciation of 'VW'."
Mike tells it like it is...TOPLES-T
Mike in Florida keeps a sense of humor on his Convertible Thunderbird.
Beth takes her work on the road...
" OPC3 is a super antioxidant that I take and sell."
"I was in the military, but I am now retired......25 years Active Duty."
John sent us this one...
As seen on an AUDI
April recently spotted these plates...
Jo G and her husband saw these two plates:
"Being the parent of four children there were days when I really identified with the second one!"
David has had all of these plates on his black Convertible:
I LUV LIZ
R K noted this enviable plate:
"..on a white Jaguar XJS with a blonde babe driving it.
Irene saw this vanity plate in Ontario, Canada:
"My husband thought about applying for "4Q", but decided against it. He saw LQQKIE: "Lookie " with the Q's for eyeballs - kinda cute."
"WNPLSHO (WinPlaceShow) and QNSPL8 (Queen's Plate -the Cdn version of the Kentucky Derby) are two I saw in the parking lot at the Woodbine Race track (also in Ontario)"