Funny vanity license plates that people have spotted on cars

By Jake Schroeder

Keeping it simple

Sometimes, it’s not the ironic or the funny license plates that make us laugh, but the clever ones. Hopefully, the owner of this van will always remember their plate thanks to their clever choice.

Keeping it simple
Keeping it simple


That or they helpfully landed themselves the perfect job that meant they could use their dream license plate. We’re just glad to see their spelling is better on the plate than it was when coming up with the name of the company.

Too good to resist

Many people have fallen victim to the smell of cooking bacon. Whether it’s frying, grilling, baking, roasting – whatever it is, the smell is enough to fill up and home and get many taste buds watering.

Too good to resist
Too good to resist

This car owner knew they loved the stuff so much they just had to tell the world, and make them continually craving the good stuff, too. We’re pretty sure it’s safe to say this driver is far from a vegetarian. Perhaps their plate is no wonder they’re always so hungry?

Creeping up behind

Have you ever had that feeling that you’re being watched? Even if you’re driving your car. Chances are there could be a good reason: you might have a crazy partner waiting for you in the lane to your left. It’s almost as if women can tell everything.

Creeping up behind
Creeping up behind

No matter where their partner says they are, these girlfriends know when they’re up to no good. It looks as though this person has asked the question one too many times, and now save time thanks to their epic license plate.

Keeping it professional

One of the best bits about license plates is getting to use a combination of numbers and letters to create subtle yet hilarious additions to our vehicles. This delivery driver must have clocked up hundreds of miles on the road and is now trying to help make other drivers’ lives that little bit better thanks to their straight to the point license plate.

Keeping it professional
Keeping it professional

It might be a simple addition, but sometimes it’s the smaller things that can make a company so great.

An evil genius

Some evil geniuses have a white cat and spinning chair – others have an epic license plate. At least this way, we have something to laugh at whenever the driver cuts us up or pulls into our lane without warning.

An evil genius
An evil genius

Sure, we might want to get mad, but how can anyone be angry with an evil laugh like that? Exactly. Just better hope they don’t take a drive through Gotham City or Metropolis. The villain vehicle might be pretty easy to spot.

Secret agent undercover

We’re no secret agents, but we’re pretty sure one of the most important roles of the job is not to tell the world about your job. However, it looks as though this person is so happy with their career that they couldn’t wait to show the world all about their top-secret and dangerous workload. Only that’s the issue: it’s top secret.

Secret agent undercover
Secret agent undercover

Chances are they were soon trading in their epic car license plate for one that reads a much different job position, such as “unemployed.”

The irony

Some people love to tell the world how good they’ve got it. Others enjoy watching those people crash and burn. The owner of this car wanted to show the world how good their life was so that everyone knew to be jealous.

The irony
The irony

However, their happiness didn’t really last – at least, not if this tree had anything to do with it anyway. Of all the places to park on all the streets in the country, this unlucky driver found one of the most dangerous spot of them all. Perhaps life isn’t quite so good anymore…

Checking the weather

It appears as though the owner of this car lives in sunny Britain – the nation known for their wet and gray weather nearly all year round. Especially when there’s a holiday on the horizon. So what better way to brighten up the roads than by customizing your license plates?

Checking the weather
Checking the weather

On the other hand, this could be a smart way for the owner of the car to remember which vehicle is for which day. Now, we just need to see their “sunny” and “cloudy” plates to know for sure.

Just a warning

No matter how hard many of us try, it can be hard to remain positive. Going to work every day to pay for the car of your dreams just to find yourself stuck in traffic at the weekend after dreaming of hitting the open road.

Just a warning
Just a warning

Maybe this person deserves to be cut a little slack after all. While their epic license plates might not give off the best impression, at least the owner of this car has given us plenty of warning not to get on their wrong side.

Use the brakes, Luke

Sometimes, all it takes are a few tweaks to get the comical pay off we are looking for. The sci-fi hit Star Wars first graced our screen back in 1977, but all those sequels in the years since have kept this franchise alive for decades.

Use the brakes, Luke
Use the brakes, Luke


Some fans are so obsessed with the movies that they will do anything to bring the adventures to life, including making their very own license plate memorials for their favorite character: Obi-Wan. Wan, One – get it?

To the point

Unfortunately, no one is ever going to get along with everyone else in the world. However, why waste time telling everyone individually when you could merely write your thoughts on your car? That’s right; no longer do you have to waste your breath.

To the point
To the point

From a bad break-up to a co-worker getting on your last nerve – this epic license plate has you covered. Plus, they can even take a final look at your statement to the world as you disappear off into the distance. Perfect.

Right car, wrong plate

Some people are born to be funny, and here we have of the comedians of the world. Sure, they say that everything is bigger in Texas, but it seems as if the micro Smart car still remains the same size.

Right car, wrong plate
Right car, wrong plate

However, that hasn’t stopped this owner from making a statement with their license plates. Maybe they were hoping to grow their car with the addition? Unfortunately, it’s still not much larger than the plastic toy in the background.

Simple hello

Many of us have a way we greet all our nearest and dearest, right? Whether it’s a nickname, a secret handshake, or a group hug with each encounter – these can often become rituals we have no idea we are even doing anymore.

Simple hello
Simple hello


The driver of this car seems to like the simple yet classic “Hi Hun” greeting. So why waste time getting out the car to say it every time when you could print it on your plates instead? Now, it’s as if everyone is in your inside joke.

The subtle question

Sometimes, if you want the answer, then you have to drop hints to find what you’re looking for subtly. After all, there is no telling how some people will react to an interrogation.

The subtle question
The subtle question

So if you’ve seen your partner hanging around with someone you don’t know or think your friend could be looking for a replacement you then why not drive around with your underrated license plates? All it takes is a bit of lo-key stalking, and you could be about to find out.

Keepin’ it real

Ah, the youths of today. Occasionally, it can be as if they are speaking an entirely different language. YOLO? Shook? Fleek? What could all of these words mean?! It doesn’t end there. Now, they even have their own greetings and sign-offs that have us wondering if they are talking to each other or merely making noises to people’s faces.

Keepin’ it real
Keepin’ it real


If you’ve ever wondered how to spell “goodbye” in youngins talk then here you have it. Yes, it even involves numbers.

The truth hurts

Some people care a lot about the environment. Others? Not always so much. While some people are buying the latest electric car and using the elements to power their ride, other motorists are looking to have as much fun as possible – no matter the cost.

The truth hurts
The truth hurts


Their honesty might not have everyone pleased, but at least this gearhead has a plate to be proud of to match their wheels. Perhaps one reading “save the whales” or “I donate to charity” would have been a better way to make friends?

Santa in disguise

Have you ever found yourself wondering what Santa gets up to when he’s not in the North Pole making all those Christmas presents? Sure, he might only work one night a year, but a lot is riding on this man’s shoulders. Everyone deserves a break at some point.

Santa in disguise
Santa in disguise

It looks as though Saint Nic has broken away from the snow and found a set of wheels to replace his reindeer. However, he might want to reconsider the license plate if he wants to remain incognito.

The proof is in the results

Many blondes have got an unfair deal over the years. Why should the color of your hair determine how intelligent someone is? Unfortunately, it looks as though the owner of this convertible wasn’t about to do anything to prove the stereotype wrong.

The proof is in the results
The proof is in the results

Sure, fitting a license plate might not always be the easiest of tasks, but a quick check that everything was in order before driving off into the distance probably wouldn’t have been a bad idea for this car owner.

He who must not be plated

Potterheads all around the world have turned just about everything and anything into collectibles from their favorite franchise. From bath bombs to toilet seats and everything in between – will there ever be an end to it all? Probably not.

He who must not be plated
He who must not be plated

This person has not only customized their license plates, but they have also divided the entire Potter universe with their controversial plates. Thankfully, they have just managed to avoid naming he who must not be named. We all know how well that has ended in the past.

Or are they?

Have you ever noticed something so obvious yet it’s still funny? Thankfully, this is what the owner of the car has been able to do thanks to their epic license plates. That or their vehicle is secretly trying to tell us a message from the inside. How will we ever know?

Or are they
Or are they

Scientists have spent years trying to create robots with human emotions. What if this is just a result of an experiment gone wrong? It might be time to find a new ride…

A small addition

We have to hand it to the owner of this car; all it took was a little bit of genius, and they were soon given the license plate of their dreams. Sure, it might be totally illegal, but losing a license never hurt anyone, right? Especially not when it comes with a little comedy.

A small addition
A small addition


All they needed was dome duct tape, and the plate would be completed at last. Anything else would have just been a cruel, unfinished joke always waiting for an ending, and that’s just not fair.

Britain, Britain, Britain

If there’s one thing that many of us know about Brits, it’s that they have a real love of tea. Who would have thought a mug full of hot water and leaves could taste so good? Somehow it does, and it’s got almost an entire nation on its side.

Britain, Britain, Britain
Britain, Britain, Britain


Although many residents are happy with a cup or two throughout the day, this person wanted the world to know about their love of the beverage. If not, how would anyone in the area know it was time to brew a fresh pot of tea? It’s a community service, really.

Advertising the company

Yes, you are looking at a hearse. Yes, it does seem to come with a threatening message. We wonder what led these hilarious undertakers to get a license plate like this? Perhaps the plate is all part of their plan? We’re finally on to them.

Advertising the company
Advertising the company

They lure people in by having an epic license plate just so they get close enough to read it, before bam – they are in an accident and need the help of the funeral home. It’s the perfect ploy, if you think about it.

Hopefully at home

Sometimes there is nothing better than having yourself a little nap on the couch. We understand this person’s love of catching 40 winks, but we’re not sure we should associate sleeping with driving a car.

Hopefully at home
Hopefully at home

Fingers crossed this person’s love of napping doesn’t cross over with their need to drive. We respect the love they are showing for the humble nap, but we have to admit that we really wouldn’t want to share the road with this driver.

Heavy metal driving

The legendary heavy metal band Metallica might not do their own license plates, but that isn’t stopping one fan from sharing their love of the group. All it took was a little bit of improvisation, and they have the perfect vanity plate.

Heavy metal driving
Heavy metal driving

The people selling an ‘ETALLIC’ license plate might have been a little confused, but when they saw the finished article, everything made sense. Now we just have to look out for a ‘LACK SABBAT,’ ‘OLLING STONE,’ and ‘ED ZEPPELI’ plate to complete the ultimate rock vanity plate collection.

For every occasion

The problem with living in Canada and being a biker is the fact that it snows so often. That makes it practically impossible to ride, so you have to find alternative ways of getting around. This person has all kinds of weather covered and has a motorcycle for the good days, and an SUV for everything else.

For every occasion
For every occasion


Not only do they have the vehicles to combat the weather, but they also have the license plates to match.

Bragging

There is nothing wrong with owning a Smart Car, the problem is their owners don’t often get the chance to brag when compared to other vehicles. When it comes to fitting into small parking spots, there is one car that rules them all.

Bragging
Bragging

That’s the humble Smart Car, and this owner is sowing off the fact they can pretty much park their car wherever they want. Sure they can barely fit their groceries in the car, but if there’s a tight spot, this car will find a way into it.

The Gotham plate

If you’re going to go to the trouble of making a Batmobile that is legal for the road, then you might as well have a Batman themed plate. Gotham is a fictional place, but imagine this to be the type of plate Batman would actually have.

The Gotham plate
The Gotham plate

‘The Dark Knight’ might be the most famous Batman movie of all time, and this Batmobile owner is paying tribute to that classic. The only thing to make this car better is if the person who owns it wears a Batsuit behind the wheel.

To Infiniti

The ‘Toy Story’ franchise is the type of film that it’s just so hard to dislike. They are fun for the entire family, and this person seems to be a big Buzz Lightyear fan. While it’s unlikely we will find Tim Allen behind the wheel of this Infiniti, we still appreciate the effort that’s gone into this plate.

To Infiniti
To Infiniti

They have used every character available, but managed to get the message of “To infinity and beyond” across thanks to the make of their vehicle.

Suba-blue

Sometimes you just can’t beat a good pun. This Subaru lover has gone with a custom shade of blue for their vehicle and an appropriate vanity plate too. This is a Subaru that happens to be blue, so what should the owner of this car call it?

Suba-blue
Suba-blue

They have gone with the name of ‘SUBABLU,’ and we think they have been pretty clever with their license plate. It’s not every day you have to applaud the driver in front of you instead of cussing at them for driving badly.

Telling the truth

You can’t argue with the facts on this one, and this license plate really is askew. Unlike most other vanity plates, this person hasn’t had to cut any letters out, and their message is loud and clear. We’re going to go ahead and assume this plate has deliberately been put on crooked…

Telling the truth
Telling the truth

And this isn’t some sort of self-fulfilling prophecy. We hope they don’t park their vehicles like they apply their plates, and they stay well within the lines in the parking lot.

It’s the truth officer

This person’s license plate seems to be their first line of defense should they ever be pulled over by the cops. They are just trying to say that they don’t speed, and who are we to argue that they are lying?

It’s the truth officer
It’s the truth officer


It’s up to the cops to decide whether they believe this plate or not, but we reckon they will keep a closer eye on this car than others. When someone is already protesting their innocence before doing anything wrong, the police officers are bound to be a little suspicious.

Gotta catch ’em all

The aim of the game in Pokemon is to catch them all. This person seems to have missed that message and instead is focused purely on catching as many Pikachus as they lay their eyes on. We don’t really blame them because Pikachu is arguably one of the cutest Pokemon out there.

Gotta catch ’em all
Gotta catch ’em all

This person is such a big fan of Pokemon they have turned their vehicle into a tribute to the game. Not only do they drive a car that’s symbolic of Pikachu, but their license plate reads Pokemon.

Their favorite

We can only hope that this vehicle was parked outside a Cheesecake Factory restaurant when this picture was taken. They seem to love cheesecake so much they decided that they needed their license plate to show it off to the world.

Their favorite
Their favorite

Having a friend whois this into cheesecake could be a good thing because you know you’re never going to have to wait long to tuck into this tasty treat. The only problem might be getting them to share it with you.

In case you were wondering

There’s a joke that asks, “How do you know if someone is vegan?” The answer is, “They’ll tell you.” Many people are choosing to lead a vegan lifestyle these days, but a lot of those people feel the need to let everyone know about their life choices.

In case you were wondering
In case you were wondering

This person not only brings it up in every conversation they have, but they have to let everyone else on the road know it too. It was only a matter of time before this became a thing, and now it is.

Step on it

What would you do if you came across a bug on the ground? Most people would step on it, especially if it were in their home. This person is totally aware of the fact they are driving a VW Bug and have used that to create a hilarious license plate.

Step on it
Step on it


This bug is a little too big to step on however, so we hope a steam roller doesn’t come along to flatten it like a shoe would for a real insect.

To each their own

Everyone has something a little different about them, and that’s great because it’s what makes the world an interesting place. This person seems to be one of the few who love feet, and they are not afraid to share that with everyone in their community.

To each their own
To each their own

The good thing for them is that they seem to live in the right state for seeing feet. A lot of people wear flip flops in California, so everywhere this person goes, they are going to get a good look at someone’s feet.

For the gamers

Sometimes the car we drive can say more about us than we know. For instance, a person driving a sports car might be hiding an insecurity about themselves, or if someone’s car is always dirty it might suggest they are a slob.

For the gamers
For the gamers


This person realized when they bought a Legend that they had an opportunity to make gamers around the world smile. They have recreated the classic Nintendo title ‘The Legend of Zelda’ by combining their car’s name and their vanity plate.

But why?

Just because we can do something, doesn’t mean that we should. This person thought it would be hilarious if they nailed an old sock to their license plate, then make the plate say ‘OLD SOCK.’ They have brought this idea to life, but it’s not really clear why.

But why
But why

Everyone will recognize their car as the one with an old sock nailed to it, and their questions will all be the same; why? We’d try and avoid being behind this car on a hot day with our windows open.

See ya pally

If cars could talk, what would they say? Well, in our highly educated and scientific opinion, it would depend on a variety of factors. What kind of car is it?

See ya pally
See ya pally

We all know that flashy sport cars would have way different vocabularies than Subarus. What’s it doing? Is it going fast, or is it going slow? There’s clearly a lot at play here. If there’s one thing for certain, though, we think we know what a car might say as it passes another. This plate speaks for itself.

Blanking at the DMV

Getting a vanity plate is a big decision. It’s definitely fun (and often hilarious), but you need to be confident about what you’re getting.

Blanking at the DMV
Blanking at the DMV


It’s sorta like a tattoo, except less temporary and definitely less painful. But still, you want it to say something about yourself and your personality. For this plate, we’re imagining this: guy gets to the front of the line at the DMV, ready to go, the clerk asks what his plate will be, he goes blank and says, “I forgot.” Suddenly, it’s immortalized. Cue credits.

You need help there, guy?

It seems that there are multiple people out there that want vanity plates but can’t seem to get their minds together before committing to an idea.

You need help there, guy
You need help there, guy

Really, it kinda works, as it shows that they’re more impulsive and living in the moment. Even if their plans haven’t fully come to fruition, they’ll still pursue them. You go, vanity plate people! This one makes us wonder how many variations of “UH” as a plate are out there. Every state’s got to have a lot of them, right?

Elaine, is that you?

We’re not sure which came first, the vanity plate or the plate holder. Either way, we’re impressed by the amazing teamwork the two are exhibiting. If you just see the plate itself, you might be wondering if the driver just has an obsession with dingoes.

Elaine, is that you
Elaine, is that you

Once you get the full story, though… boom, mind blown. Was the plate holder custom, or what? Also, we can’t help but hear the sweet voice of Elaine Benes when reading this plate. This one definitely falls into the “well thought out” camp of plates.

The Volkswagen Serpent

Turns out there’s a new car on the market, folks. It’s actually half-automobile, half-snake. Don’t worry, it doesn’t bite! It might lick, though. Check out the tongue on that thing. Anyway, we love seeing people having some fun with their cars.

The Volkswagen Serpent
The Volkswagen Serpent

While we definitely want to protect them with our lives (they cost about half a house), our cars are also expressions of who we are, and there’s no shame in being a little silly! This person went above and beyond for the snake aesthetic, and we love it.