Vanity thy name is…


It is not terribly surprising to learn from today’s Post that Virginia is the vanity plate capital of the country. Here at Metroblogging DC, we have noted vanity plates on several occasions.

In the Commonwealth, 1.4 million cars, 18.5% of all those registered, are sporting customized plates, which cost an extra $10 annually. In Maryland, vanity tags go for $25 a year, while the District they go for a whopping $75, which explains why they are not too common on that side of the Potomac.

Virginia residents can see if the vanity plate of their dreams is still available by going to the DMV’s “Create a Plate” Web page. They have scores of specialty plates, covering seemingly every college and special interest too.

So, what is the best vanity plate you have seen?

8 Comments so far

  1. Mik (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 9:28 am

    May I nominate my own National Bridge trlrnr plate? No? Okay, I’ve seen a few “Brit” type plates around that always put a smile on my face, the obvious one being Kop (reference to Liverpool FC’s football grounds), and LVRBRD (Liverbird) the symbol that represents Liverpool FC (only evident if you also happen to spot the LFC window sticker).

  2. Mik (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 9:38 am


    Reference to a Sublime song.

  3. wayan (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 9:42 am

    Oh that plate-maker is the Devil’s work – I just had way too much fun making a “dioxin” butterfly plate, a “touch” kids first plate, and a “cancer” tobacoo heritage plate.

  4. TC the Terrible (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 10:47 am

    One of the guys in our office drives a Cooper Mini with the tag “ACTL S1Z”, which I think is rather creative.


  5. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 11:27 am

    I think my favorite, for shock value, of course, is Don’s Bukkake plate

  6. Don (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 12:04 pm

    Could we please refer to that as “the bukkake plate Don photographed” instead? KTNXBYE

  7. Tom Bridge (unregistered) on May 9th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    Are you saying you’re anti bukkake?

  8. Mik (unregistered) on May 10th, 2006 @ 8:50 am

    Saw a mini cooper (whilst I paid $64 to fill my tank!!!?!?!?!?) with the plate “Size 0”.

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