Can You Guess What These Vanity Plates Mean?

By: Lauren Lubas

Can You Guess What These Vanity Plates Mean?
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About This Quiz

From cryptic messages to information on how the car was obtained, American drivers love to get creative with their license plates. The vanity license plate was our first interaction with doublespeak and abbreviating words against the dictionary's wishes. For decades, we've been giving messages to those we share the road with through seven simple letters and numbers. A lot can be said in those 10 inches of symbols, and people know how to get creative with it. 

If you drive a lot, chances are you take a look at license plates while you're in traffic or if a vehicle gets your attention. You probably know a thing or two about reading someone else's abbreviated way of communicating with you. You might even be the type to refer to drivers you don't know by their license plates: "Thanks for signaling, JBG 478! Learn how to drive!" We've all been there. However, if you are the type of driver who looks at license plates, you probably appreciate the vanity ones that are specialized and say a little something. 

We found 40 vanity license plates that are begging to get translated. Do you think you have what it takes? Start this quiz to show off your deciphering skills!

1 - DRK F8 Can you decode this message?
Dark fate
Without an "R" or "L" after the "F" on this plate, we know that the last word has to be "fate." A person with this vanity license plate might not have the sunniest outlook on life, but they don't mind letting other drivers know.
Dork float
Dark room
Dirk Freight

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6 - COWG1RL "COWG1RL" tells you who is driving the car. Can you guess who it is?
A cowboy
A cowgirl
One trick to creating a good vanity license plate it to add numbers that look like letters. For example, a 4 can be interpreted as an A in several situations. Just make sure you show your plate idea to a few friends, in case there are double meanings to the letters and numbers you use.
A city girl
A city boy

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5 - UFOLLOW What does this plate mean?
You're behind me.
This person definitely wants to be in front. Don't worry if they pass you, though. Police officers always pull over the car at the front of the line anyway, so go ahead and continue to follow.
You're in front of me.
You are getting pulled over.
You flow.

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4 - SCR MOM If you see a "SCR MOM" license plate on a mini-van, who is probably driving?
A scary mom
A scored mom
A traveling mom
A soccer mom
While this person may be a scary mom as well, without the "Y" at the end of SCR, it is far more likely that she is a soccer mom. Besides, she's driving a minivan, which is the official vehicle of the soccer mom.

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18 - LUVBTES How does this person feel about love?
Love is the best
Love bites
The word "love" in a variety of forms ends up on license plates across the country. Whether the driver is trying to tell you to love someone or that they love someone, it is a common sight in the vanity plate world.
Love conquers all
Love is testing us

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15 - ANWSTRT What is this plate saying?
And you start
A and you start
A new start
Sometimes, it takes a new car and new license plates to show the world that you are ready to start fresh. Putting "a new start" on your license plates gives you the ability to remind yourself of the changes you made every time you put something in your trunk.
Uranus rising

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16 - ASTRNUT What do you think this person's job is?
Poker dealer
Executive assistant
Gas station attendant
Astronaut
Either this driver really likes space (as in astro-nut), or they are an actual astronaut. When you have little information about the driver, their license plate is the only insight into who they are, and this one gives us a little.

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8 - BK N TIME You'd probably find this on a Delorean. What does it mean?
Broken time
Bankin' time
Bright knight in time
Back in time
There is a subculture of "Back to the Future" fans who own Deloreans and have witty license plates. This culture loves the thought of going back in time and watching that movie over and over again.

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17 - JMSMTH Can you figure out this person's name?
Jim Smith
There are people who love to put their names on their cars. While it isn't necessarily recommended (for safety reasons), you can always find your car. After all, it has your name on it.
John Smith
Joan Smith
Jared Smith

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12 - UF 4RTD Can you figure out what this vanity plate is saying?
I farted.
You're far away.
You're for rights.
You farted.
In this case, the 4 represents the letter A, and if you read it aloud, you hear the words "you farted." A license plate like this would only affect you if you actually did fart, and you'd have to spend the day wondering how that driver knew what was going to happen.

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20 - ERND IT Someone who is proud of their work might have a license plate that says "ERND IT." What does it say?
Errand it
Ear and it
Ear and Information Technology
Earned it
When you see a really nice car and a young person driving it, you might automatically assume that the vehicle was purchased for that person. However, this driver decided to write assumers a little message.

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25 - ZRO KDZ How many children does the person who owns this vehicle have?
Zero kids
This is another license plate that isn't timeless at all. While you might want to boast that you don't have children, anything can happen, and that's why you should never get license plates like this.
A zillion kids
One kid
Two kids

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24 - ESCUZME If this person cuts you off, what does their license plate say to you?
Just cuss me out
Stay in school
Outta the way
Excuse me
When you get cut off in traffic, you probably think that the person did it in a vindictive way. But when you see a license plate like this, you consider them more polite, and you can't even be mad, really.

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19 - BMYVTNE If you see "BMYVTNE" on a license plate, would you be able to decipher it?
BMW time
Be my voter one
Be my Valentine
The majority of license plates like this end up on cars that are a specific color. Usually red or a custom pink color, drivers like to give their cars themes, and every once in a while, you see a Valentine's theme.
I have no idea what that says.

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21 - ALWS RT Do you know what this vanity plate says?
Always right
Whether this person always wants to turn right (three rights make a left, after all) or that they are always correct, we may never know. However, it can be assumed that the driver wants you to know that they are always correct.
All we say is retweet
Answer in a retweet
Retweet me

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30 - W8 4 IT Can you figure out what this person is trying to tell you?
Hate for it
Wait for it
Usually when someone tells you to wait for it, there is a big reveal coming. Chances are, a person with this license plate has a car that is going to make a loud sound when it accelerates, so they ask you to wait for said sound.
Fate for informative talks
Fate for the win

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26 - SLG BG 2 Can you guess what kind of car this license plate would be found on?
Toyota Camry
Volkswagen Beetle
The classic Volkswagen car made a comeback at the turn of the century, giving people the ability to start a game called slug bug, in which they would punch their friends every time they saw a car like this.
PT Cruiser
Dodge Ram

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3 - 1 IT You might see this license plate in Las Vegas. What does it say?
I'm it.
Look at me.
Won It
Las Vegas is an interesting town. People work very hard, but those who play also have a chance of winning. You don't necessarily have to be a high roller to win a car, but if you do win, you probably would have a license plate like this.
I'm in.

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29 - AGR8PUP If you see this plate, you might look for another passenger. What kind of passenger are you looking for?
A great puppy
GR8 is a standard vanity license plate way of cutting two letters off the word "great" without losing the phonetic sound of the word. If someone has AGR8PUP, it usually means that they have a great little puppy with them.
A great dad
Age related dog
Age appropriate puppy

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23 - 2LIL BBS This person has two of something. What is it?
Twill bobbins
Two little books
Two little babies
This is one of those vanity license plates that isn't as timeless as people would like to think. First of all, if a happy surprise comes along, you have three little ones. Secondly, babies aren't little for very long.
Two lithium batteries

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13 - BG BILL Someone with a Ferrari might have this license plate. Do you know what it means?
The car was expensive.
Those who drive incredibly expensive cars take the time to come up with extremely witty license plates. They know that people will be looking at their cars, and that makes it more important to get the right plate.
The car is red.
The driver likes "Kill Bill".
The driver has a big budget.

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10 - UNDR D C Which Disney princess does a person with the license plate "UNDR D C" love?
Tiana
Ariel
If anything, a license plate like this will give you an earworm that you simply can't get rid of. When read aloud, you clearly say "under the sea," and then you immediately start singing in a Jamaican accent.
Aurora
Belle

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34 - ILY BYE You may see this plate speeding past you. What does it mean?
I looked at you, bye.
I love you, bye!
ILY is standard internet and vanity plate code for "I love you." A person with this on their license plate is probably the type of driver that goes very fast, and accelerates quickly, even if it means using more gas.
I'm loving this, bye!
I like your wave.

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14 - PB4WEGO This is a friendly reminder to everyone who gets in the car. What does it say?
Peanut butter for Wego.
Pee before we go.
It's impressive to see a very long word condensed into license plate speak, but to see a complete command is just next-level. This license plate is a reminder to all road trippers to relieve yourself before hitting the road.
Peanut butter for everyone.
P.B. knows us.

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32 - 2 HGWRTS Do you think you can guess where this person wants to go?
To hot spas
To hot springs
To Hagnarts
To Hogwarts
Harry Potter fans would recognize this plate immediately. For others, it may have been a little more difficult. However, most people know that unless you have a flying car, you aren't going to get to Hogwarts in something with four wheels.

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28 - LVMYWFE This person is telling us something important. What is it?
Live my life
Live your life
Love my life
Love my wife
There are drivers out there who use their cars as billboards for presenting their happy lives to the world. This person obviously loves their wife unconditionally. So much so that they want to show the world (or at least other drivers).

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31 - HMU BOI What is this driver trying to tell you?
Have my money, boy?
Hide myself from you, boy.
Hit me up, boy.
When you see this license plate, you probably think that it's a girl who is down for anything. However, it could just be a social person who says that frequently. Some people put their personal catchphrase on their license plate.
How much time, boy?

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33 - LOL IDC What does this license plate say?
Laughing out loud, I don't care
There are some people who are polite on their license plates, and then there are those who know that they anger other drivers. If you honk or give this person a hand gesture, they will probably just have you look at their license plates.
Little indecent
Laughable dork
Laughing out loud, I don't know

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37 - IM L8 AGN "IM L8 AGN" on a license plate means what?
I'm late again.
There are people in this world who know, no matter what, that they will be late. It doesn't matter if they wake up early or if they have everything ready the night before. They are going to be late.
I'm late for an alignment.
I need a date.
I'm in trouble.

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36 - CAPT AM Which comic book character is this persons favorite?
Thor
Iron Man
Batman
Captain America
A standard abbreviation for captain is "capt." Therefore, this license plate clearly shows that the driver either believes they are Captain America, or that they are a huge fan of the superhero.

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38 - GTOFFME This person probably had a lot of people tailgating them. What does their license plate me?
Go to find me
Get off me
Some license plates get a little hostile, but the driver might have good reason for this tone. They probably aren't fans of getting tailgated or followed too closely, so if you can read their plate, they want you to step back.
Got to find me
Got to follow me

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35 - SPCBLLS Can you figure out this person's favorite movie?
"Lost in Space"
"Speck Bills"
"Spaceballs"
"Spaceballs" was a funny movie with a huge cult following. Years later, you can still see variations of this license plate telling people that the driver of this vehicle is a super fan.
"Kill Bill"

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27 - CNUCME Do you think you can figure out what this license plate is asking?
Can you call me?
Can you hang out?
Can you see me?
Depending on the color of this car, you might think that this license plate is ironic. However, some car colors are more difficult to see than others. Additionally, some cars are smaller than others, and drivers want to make sure they're seen.
Are you coming?

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11 - CLCL8OR Do you know what this person does for a living?
Security guard
Doctor
Accountant
While most states only give you seven characters on your license plate, there are some people who get a little creative. The only reason someone would put the word "calculator" on their license plate is if they were a human one, or an accountant.
Artist

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39 - 80SHAIR What does this vanity plate mean?
Share 80 things.
I'm 80, share the air.
'80s hair
When it comes to picking the perfect license plate, it seems that some people go with what they know and love the best. In this case, the beautiful high hair of the 1980s is showcased on the back of the driver's car.
Share the air.

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2 - DOGEDOC What does a person with this vanity plate do for a living?
Drives a Dodge
Veterinarian
Any doggy doctor will tell you that this is an awesome license plate. It shows that the driver is proud of their work, and they specifically have an affinity for dogs ... but they most likely take care of cats and ferrets as well.
Dodges doctors
Police officer

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40 - MEB4U You might think this person is selfish when you figure out their license plate. What does it mean?
You before me
Me want all
All for me
Me before you
In some driving situations, you may see a driver sneak into a line of cars in traffic. While they may have to get over in the case of a lane change, having a license plate like this doesn't really make them a likeable vehicle.

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7 - USAFBOI Do you know what this plate means?
This boy is American AF.
This boy is in the Armed Forces.
This boy is in the Air Force.
U.S.A.F. is a popular acronym for the United States Air Force. While those who aren't familiar with the acronym might think that it stands for United States Armed Forces, chances are this license plate comes with an identifying bumper sticker.
This boy is a farmer.

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22 - E MCC Can you figure out this person's favorite subject?
Math
Physics
The famous equation E = MC^2 isn't very common on license plates, but when you have an awesome physics teacher who is in love with Albert Einstein, you'd probably see this plate on their car.
Biology
English

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9 - PCKL R1C Someone with this license plate is probably a fan of which animated series?
"Rick and Morty"
PCKL R1C translates to Pickle Rick, a very memorable moment in the "Rick and Morty" multiverse. It is an episode where Rick turns himself into a pickle, and he has to get to the serum to change him back without arms or legs.
"The Simpsons"
"Family Guy"
"Futurama"

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