License Plate of the Vanities

December 18, 2008

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Standard issue: four letters and three letters separated by a crown. Plate is updated annually with a sticker in top right corner.

A few years back, Ontario opened up to its citizens the possibility of spending even more money for government services, with vanity plates for cars.

If you’re unsure of the concept, a vanity plate is a personalized license plate. Here in Ontario, you can choose to decorate it with one of over forty graphics — the Toronto Maple Leafs, the SPCA, and the Rotary Club are a few examples — or you can choose your own sequence of between two and eight letters or numbers. As long as your sequence is unique, you’re permitted to pay for it.

Some motorists like to monogram their plates. A married couple by the name of Sandy Jones and Kim Robertson, for example, might spring for:
SJ KR .

Others may give hints about their occupation, describe their personality, spell out their name, or converse with the drivers around them. Some licenses are harder to decipher than others; solving their puzzles helps to while away travel time.

Here are a few I’ve seen lately. I like how so many of them answer questions.

Who owns this car?

  • WEE JAN
  • KLANCY
  • SIR JOHN
  • GOTTFTHR

What kind of car is that?

  • MYSOLARA
  • MRS KIA
  • INIW
  • ALEC
  • HYBRID Z

Tell me something about your job.

  • CHEF 1
  • SIGNS UP
  • MT BTLS
  • RAZOR 33
  • CHUTNEY

How long are you planning to work?

  • TL IWIN

How would you describe yourself?

  • HOTLIPZ
  • QRXZ
  • TEXAS A
  • WER CDN
  • M84EVR
  • RE KING
  • FN 2 BME
  • MR MOST

Have you anything to say?

  • RU SXY 2
  • CUQT
  • GO 2 GO

How would you like your license plate to read?