Vanities

Vanity plates, also called personalized plates, give motorists the chance to spread a message–it can be about something or someone they love, their occupation, or a reference to their car, among other reasons.

I. Names & Initials

These California plates once belonged to my mother, whose initials are KG. (“KG is before you”).

CA KGS B4UKGS B4U

The South Carolina plate likely belonged to a married couple (hence the “S” at the end of each set). This type of vanity is common in all states.

SC-WES HMS

This Illinois vanity on the right is really “NINA 2” once you account that the “E” is the standard prefix for this environmental specialty.

IL-E NINA 2

Other names & initials:

IN GGGUSMO-JW3MT BB&COMT HAKAS (1 of 2)NE-BWSVA-MR GUIN

II. Occupations & Hobbies

ID-KWGRL

Cowgirl

KS LV2CHR

Love to cheer

MT-HOOK UMM

Hook ’em

MT-TRLGAL

Trail Gal

NC-IWRK2HRD

I work too hard

UT PRN8L

Prenatal (nurse)

WA-2DECOR8fd

To decorate

III. Say It Simple

KS MOMSWGN

Mom’s wagon

KS UCNDOIT

You can do it

KS BUFLO B

Buffalo Bill

KS 2UNIQUE

Too unique

MT-FXYLASS

Foxy Lass

MT-BLK WIDW

Black Widow

NE-DBLPLAY

Double Play

NE-SGBRUSH

Sagebrush

NV HOOPDRM

Hoop Dream

NH MOTEL

Motel

NY RSHARKEY

Maybe Our Sharkey

WA-AFFIRMpair

Affirm

WA LILAPPL

My guess is Little apple

IV. Miscellaneous

AL I DV8

I deviate

AK-EX 07

Might refer to a car model

CA-Z VADER

Homage to Darth Vader?

CA SBA2DAY

My guess is SBA refers to Small Business Administration

CA-SWELL 70 (P1)

Retiree?

CA AHPAREE

Ah, Paris!

CA MNNIMOI

Refers to a French term

CA LAXMIJI (P1)

A goddess in Hinduism

ME PINK86

Pink refers to breast cancer awareness, matching the plate

MD-HISAE

Any guesses?

MS-BLUBARU

Refers to a car model

MO-SNCRZR

Sun cruiser (was on a convertible)

NY GRYLDY

Gray Lady (probably)

ND-RUFRYDR

Rough Rider (the Rough Riders were a volunteer cavalry, led by Theodore Roosevelt, during the Spanish-American War; Roosevelt spent meaningful time in North Dakota)

RI LC 66

Decide-for-yourself

SC USWCV6

Refers to a U.S. Navy vessel

SC-ULTFNTC

My guess is Ultimate Fanatic

This Montana pair is most unusual since there are two different bases. They were found on a junkyard car. Likely the owner received or ordered the newer design but kept one old out of personal preference.

MT KINE 220 (2000)MT KINE 220 (2006)

Plates on this page which are a unique design for vanities, instead of whatever the current passenger was at the time.

-Alaska

-Kansas (all)

-Missouri “JW3”

-South Carolina (all)

-Washington “AFFIRM”