Which state has the best-looking license plates?

By Colin Wood
Sep 20, 2023 | Discussion, license plates

Photography Credit: Semyon Borisov / Unsplash

Who says a license plate can’t provide identification without some flair?

License plates across the country feature various colors, logos and patterns, but which state offers the best-looking plates? (And yes, for the sake of this discussion, we’ll include Canada, too.)

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Colin Wood
Colin Wood Associate Editor
9/20/23 12:31 p.m.

I'm sad to report that my inspiration for writing this item, the Canadian territory of Nunavut, has sense changed the shape of its license plates from this:

To this:

VolvoHeretic GRM+ Memberand Dork
9/20/23 12:44 p.m.

GameboyRMH GRM+ Memberand MegaDork
9/20/23 12:46 p.m.

Here's a full set of current ones for reference:

We could also get into functional differences. Vermont plates that work around title issues? Tax-free Montana plates? Honorary mention to Ontario's briefly-issued accidental stealth plates?

adam525i GRM+ Memberand SuperDork
9/20/23 12:48 p.m.

In reply to Colin Wood :

That's because the Northwest Territories told them to berkeley off (not really but apparently until 2012 Nunavut licensed the plate design from them but the dies were wearing out so they decided to go their own way with the plate above).

So, that plate is still used in the Northwest Territories. 

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/20/23 12:49 p.m.

Call me biased:

David S. Wallens
David S. Wallens Editorial Director
9/20/23 12:52 p.m.

In reply to GameboyRMH :

Of the current plates, I’m always going with New Hampshire: Live free or die. 

Datsun310Guy MegaDork
9/20/23 1:27 p.m.

Colorado or Alaska

350z247 Reader
9/20/23 1:36 p.m.

Honestly, I want the dullest, most bland license plate possible in whatever color best hides on my car. Luckily, I don't have to run a front plate in NC, but I'd be even more picky if I did.

NickD MegaDork
9/20/23 1:38 p.m.

New Mexico has some real bangers. I love the chile pepper one

j_tso Dork
9/20/23 1:47 p.m.

I like the old NY Statue of Liberty plate.



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