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The Register has obtained a list of the rudest words you'll never see on car number plates: the official list of banned registration marks from the Drivers and Vehicles Licensing Authority (DVLA). We almost don't want to sully the pure reputation of our website by publishing all the combinations of letters and numbers on our …


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  1. darklord


    How can 12 be an "r" most are just pointless anyway. still therll be appearing on a corsa and peugeots 208 near you soon.

    1. CD001

      12 = R

      1. toxicdragon

        12=12 R=R

        1. Mips

          As in

          A12SNL. Actually out in the wild.

          Have you seen MO02COW? Sadly no longer on a Smart car decorated as a Holstein cow. Reminded me of Gateway 2000. Oh happy daze.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Yet more nanny state bullshit. Who cares what a number plate can be construed as saying?

      Since When would PE12 ADO be offensive? Maybe to someone who can't fucking spell. P4 EDO would surely hit the mark a little squarer, no?

      1. Steve Renouf

        Perhaps there are more Yanks than we think in the UK...?

        Or is it that the younger brits are getting just as shit at spelling?!?

        It's spelled PAEDOphile FFS!

  2. Kirstian K


    I randomly drove past a really old beat up car the other day, and the registration plate was:

    L51CKO which i thought was great (el Sicko)

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Seen in South Africa


  3. Zog The Undeniable

    BA57 ARD

    Idea for the sysadmin with a grudge.

    Personally I'd like J1 HAD on an old white "Beirut gunship" Mercedes E-class. You'd never get cut up.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Plate seen parked outside local synagogue - J15 HAD - can you spell bomb scare?

  4. Phil S

    I always fancied getting the old style ones reading P155 OFF or P15 SED.

    Guess they're out too?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      There's a car, local to me, with P15 DOF.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        P15 DOF

        Think I've seen the same one - do you live in Swindon? Pretty sure I've seen it on a battered up old banger in Moredon.

    2. Cosmo

      Someone who lives close to me has the registration P11 SUF

    3. skila

      Dream numbers...

      As a child I dreamed of having P155 OFF and 801 LOX...

      I was lucky enough to have a car with P122 CFF, that;s the closest I ever got! Plate was non-transferrable though :(

    4. defiler

      P155 OFF

      I tried to register this for my old Yamaha - DVLA had it on the banned list way back then.

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Is still valid and on the road ;)

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    They missed at least one....

    I saw H8 ALA the other day, no guessing what he was thinking.

  7. Greg J Preece

    Wait, "Koran" and "Torah" are offensive? How does that work? If you ask a Jew what the name of their holy book is, are they gonna go nuts and punch you?

    1. Anonymous Coward 15

      Especially if you say Jehovah!

      1. Dr. Mouse

        We're not stoning anyone...

        ... Even if they do say "Jehovah"!

        1. Anonymous Coward
          Anonymous Coward

          Bet you could get H411BUT though.

  8. Sorry that handle is already taken. Silver badge

    Oh dear

    Reading that last sentence, for a moment I thought they'd banned TA12 DIS.

  9. Simon Neill


    In that case I want

    TA12 DIS.

    And my car spraying blue.

    1. MJI Silver badge

      I wonder?

      If Smith or Moffat will get that one

  10. Marcus Haas

    Back in the 90s, I saw a silver BMW 3 series with the registration J1 HAD, wonder if that's still in circulation.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      Not currently on a vehicle.

  11. scrubber
    IT Angle

    When I were a kid

    I always wanted P155OFF

    Now I am more grown up I think I want TA12DIS

  12. Parax

    What idiot would buy PE12 VRT anyway?

    Jonny Smith, @Carpervert TV presenter & journalist, Perhaps..

    1. Paul_Murphy


      In some ways it could be useful - if convicted paedophiles had to drive around with the plates that plates like that it might save an innocent.

      On the other hand as soon as people are judged by their car plate it's slippery slope.

      I personally think that vanity plates should be banned, and plates certainly not transferable - the vehicle gets it's plate and it stays with the vehicle until it's scrapped.

      Unless of course we go for a system that relies on people getting a plate (or plates) that are registered to them (i.e. you need to pay road tax and insurance before you get a plate) before they can drive a vehicle.

      Unless it's stolen you know that a car with a plate is insured.


  13. Anonymous Coward
    Paris Hilton

    I remember...

    ...EA51 LAY causing some consternation to a lass in the news.

  14. Ryan 7

    Thought the last one was TA12 DIS

    I guess Dr Who is OK after all?

  15. Throatwobbler Mangrove

    hold on

    "Yardy, Jamaican slang for someone from a gang or a prison mate"

    No. Yardie is Jamaican slang for someone from a government yard (housing scheme) or from Jamaica ("the yard"). It's British slang for a Jamaican gangster.

  16. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Whoever tried the 'peado' one

    is asking for eggs or worse. WHY?!

    1. Steve Renouf
      Thumb Up

      because they can't fu**ing SPELL!!!


    2. br0die

      I'm sure they didn't choose it willingly, it just happened.

  17. spiny norman

    OK, I get it

    12 = R 11 = LL. You might still have to explain 61 to me, I'm not in the Twitter generation.

    I'm hoping the revenue DVLC gets from egotistical je12ks, who have to have their names on their number plates, pays the salary of whoever works this stuff out.

    1. Will's
  18. Mike Bell

    Bah! Prudes!

    I saw a car mincing around our town (inasmuch as a car can be said to mince) and it was sporting the number plate "SIR NO".

    Well, it made me laugh. I just hope it wasn't a wayward headmaster driving that vehicle. Anyway, I felt no inclination to write in to the Daily Mail. We are supposed to be eccentric Brits, after all.

    1. Richard Pennington 1

      NO 51R NO is on the roads in the area of Camberley, Surrey.

  19. Alan 6

    There's a woman in Rochdale with these two number plates

    P 130OBS

    P3 13OOB

    All I can say after seeing the woman is "Mutton dressed as lamb"

  20. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    This sucks...

    I'm surprised at the number of plates I've seen that start BJ08

    What were they thinking...?

  21. Dazed and Confused

    They didn't used to be up tight

    They allowed


    I remember an interview on the telly with some one from licensing about how they'd decided they weren't going to allow



    1. philbo

      @Dazed & Confused

      They're probably not going to allow STR1P, as the guy who already has T3ASE will probably want to park next to it on his drive.

    2. Cazzo Enorme

      PEN15 exists as well - I saw it a number of years ago, and appropriately enough on a red Porsche 911. In Hampstead, North London, some dickhead has MAF1A on a black 7 series BMW. When my Sicilian wife saw it at the petrol station in Belsize Park she took the time to walk up to the driver and call him something extremely offensive in Sicilian dialect. I don't think he understood the words, being most probably Russian, but judging by the shock on his face the way she said them must have imparted the meaning.

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Cazzo Enorme's wife

        Oh, that was your missus! That was scary, I thought she's gonna scratch my eyes out.

        A BMW 7 driver

    3. HipposRule


      Fiona Richmond (youngsters may need to search on that) had a Scimitar (ditto) registered as FU2.

  22. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    No sense of humour these registration folk.

    Why wouldn't a 12 represent a capital 'r' ?

  23. NorthernSands


    I always wanted P155 OFF. I guess that's in the list somewhere. :-(

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  25. elhoffo

    TA12 DIS will be up for auction at some point soon then?

  26. micheal

    They let

    PEN 1S through, Steve Parrish had it on his Merc convertible for a few years

    1. Simon Neill


      I also saw

      "PEN 18" made me do a doubletake.

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      PEN1S on the Merc...........

      Yes, I saw it on a Merc on the M1 once - driving like a right D1CKH3AD and when we got to Heathrow, he was in the car park of the hotel we were going to.

  27. Anonymous Coward

    PE12 VRT

    Presumably the Bishop of Bath and Wells would be interested? He's a colossal one, I hear ... (*)

    (*) - Allegedly. And fictionally.

  28. Ian Stephenson
    Thumb Up

    so B1 TCH and B457 ARD are acceptable?

    1. Anonymous Coward


      ... can be seen regularly on the streets of Worcester.

      Drives like one, too.

  29. mad_dr

    I was carved up at a roundabout this morning by a woman in a Mercedes with a 2-digit numberplate. At the time I thought that maybe she should have opted for C1JNT but perhaps her request was rejected by the DVLA...

  30. Dan 63

    so what does a "pea do"?

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  32. AndrewG

    My favourite from the Australian list was someone driving around with a plate of 6UL-DV8 although I allways wanted TA12D1S

  33. Zog The Undeniable

    The funniest one I've ever seen in real life

    On a beige Ford Ka near Banbury, the somewhat mis-spaced M12 POO.

    Yes, someone named their brown car "MR POO".

    1. ChrisC Silver badge

      Saw a plumbers van driving through north London with the reg PO07 RAP - although oddly enough the space was shifted one character to the left, can't think why they'd have wanted to do that...

  34. Mike Smith

    I suppose A55 OLE is on the list. I wanted to buy it for my last boss.

    Pity I'm not black. I'd luuurrve RA55 MAN.

  35. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I wanted


    Only a certain subclass of techies would understand though.

    Or maybe


    for dinosaurs

    1. Is it me?

      how about

      PDP 11

      PDP 8

      PLM 80 (Intel's 8080 version of PL1)

      PLM 86

      1. TeeCee Gold badge

        I saw RPG III once. It was on a Ferrari, so I assume it was the third car owned by some rich twat[1] with the initials RPG.

        Either that or I was seriously underpaid at the time....

        [1] Or possibly the hundred and eleventh car owned by some astonishingly rich twat.

      2. PeterM42

        Sad..... Very Sad.......

        .............When techies want computer numbers.

        How about 0101 011?

    2. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      I used to see a car occasionally...

      with the registration TTY 1. I'm hoping the owner was an old-school techie....

  36. Stuart Moore


    A friend used to work for a company whose initials were FAG. All of the company cars (his included) had numberplates with FAG on it (he lovingly referred to his as the Fagmobile). So clearly not all combinations with FAG are banned. I think these were just from the normal licenseplate issue rather than custom plates though...

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      They had the legal bearings to use the plates... though there was some greasing involved.

      Yes, I'm leaving... coat.

  37. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Does the Trade Descriptions Act apply to these plates? If so, the woman who drives B4ABE is in real trouble...

  38. Arnold Lieberman

    My favourite

    I always seem to be driving in the opposite direction to MR60 MEZ (Mr. Gomez). Don't know who he is, but he drives a very nice car.

  39. goodjudge

    This would be an appropriate post to ask which Reg reader wants to own up to owning L 111 NUX, which I saw a few weeks ago.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      L1 NUX is frequently seen in the south wales area, last photographed by a colleague on a fairly unremarkable honda civic

      1. PsychicMonkey

        I'm surprised

        it wasn't on a prius...

  40. Dances With Sheep

    Dyslexia ?

    I have a rare form of Dyslexia where all private number plates appear as " fuckwit ".

    Does anybody else have the same?

    1. ElReg!comments!Pierre

      Not the same system here obviously, but yes, they do all read "dickhead" or some equivalent in my eye.

      Except for the one I saw the other day: 386 TWM

      Now THAT's a statement. Also, here (licensed) ham radio operators get their own category of plates (which reads one's call sign). How cool is that?

  41. Mr Nobody 1
    IT Angle


    Sorry - dropped off there for a second.

  42. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Seen on a Bentley with a disabled badge in the window - HA51 LEG

  43. /dev/me

    Would G12W UP be a valid license plate?

    ...that's what she said

  44. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    My favourites...

    I've seen bot B19 FUD and W33 FUD in the Glasgow area, both on Golfs funnily enough. If you don't know what a FUD is, I ain't telling.

  45. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    When the plate is worth more than the car

    Round here I've seen M5 5LUT

    Not on a BMW M5. On an ancient Vauxhall Cavalier.

  46. John Dickson

    I'm sure I saw 4 KEW once, long time ago

    1. Ben C

      I knew the guy who had 4 KOF and 4 COF.

      1. Ken Hagan Gold badge

        I remember seeing 4 COF and wondering how he (I assumed it was a he) had got it past the suits. To have managed it twice is pretty impressive.

  47. gerryg

    P 12 ADO? Does that mean P 12 EDO is available?

    Perhaps the paediatrician somewhere (Bournemouth?) was attacked by a mob because they'd checked with DVLA (DLVA?) and decided said person couldn't spell.

  48. Spot the Cat

    Used to be a Volvo round here wearing SPL 1F. That's right, a Volvo.

  49. Stefing

    Mmmm, spunk

    A car in my neighbourhood has a PROTEIN (or near enough) plate - sneaky!

    In Sweden there are, of course, far fewer restrictions, a friend has ANDY B but BOLLOX is also out there I believe.

  50. David Barrett

    PO02 Y0U

    <-- Some one has this and I want it.

  51. Gordon861

    Saw an DB9 on the M25 with AU55OME which I thought was good.

  52. FredScummer

    Cherished Plates

    The nutter from Slade originally had registration plate YOB1 - and I know that plate must live somewhere around the Berkshire area where I've seen it a couple of times, last time about 3 weeks ago on the Ascot road.

    I saw L1NUX being sported on a BMW round there a while back too. That must've been the Microsoft UK head honcho then.

    A local favourite a few years back was D3lBOY (Del Boy). Might still be around, but the rozzers must have had a word because the letters had previously been physically arranged to make sure the meaning was spelt out, more recently they've been changed to fit in with government policy. Which is just plain daft in my book - if someone saw "DEL BOY" accelerating away from a crime scene they'd remember that plate much more easily than "D31 BOY".

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      It's as much about ANPR recognising as it is about punters remembering.

      If you can't be ANPR'd because you've adjusted your number plate, plod can't easily check whether you're taxed, MOTed, insured, etc, and/or whether your vehicle is "of interest to the police and security services".

      If you can't be ANPR'd because you've adjusted your number plate they can of course in theory have a word with you about that. But how many people ever receive "words of advice" on that subject?

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward


        I still want someone to stick an e-ink screen on their number plate so they can change it halfway between a set of average speed cameras.

  53. Stratman

    Anybody who thinks they're being smart or cool by paying over the odds for a random selection of letters should be made to drive around for a few months with the registration KN08 END on their car, just to get used to it.

  54. Lockwood

    I have seen:

    On a sports car in Portsmouth: X 9 1NCH

    On an old camper van: GOT 6 1N

    On a fairly decent looking car (certainly not an old T reg!): AMD 1T

    I wanted SS 55 SSS or II 11 III

  55. Nick Davey


    I always wanted FUB 4R

  56. Hokum15

    This is ok?

    Local car has BA57ARD which always raises a chuckle.

  57. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Outside Next Gen in Hatfield.

    PSS LCK.

  58. Stevie


    What the hell is a "vaginob"?

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


    2. Ken Hagan Gold badge

      The spare, for when "a" is unavailable?

  59. My backside

    Through the rear-view mirror

    It only works when seen through the rear-view mirror, but my favorite it is 3MTA3.

  60. Warren

    Seen OO04 COX on the roads in Hampshire, driven by a young lady, who I wondered if she chose it on purpose?

  61. sabba

    Until recently...

    ...some dunkett drove around a nameless northern town in a Ferrari with the reg plate H1 1 LAY. I haven't see it for a while so hopefully he has been removed from the gene pool.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      A white 2001 360 Spider

  62. Cornholio

    They generally just annoy me

    If it's not obvious, they generally just make me cross. However, I remember a local one when I was a lad:

    BAL 521T

    The owner had thoughtfully put a sticker in his window to help those who needed it:

    BALS 2 IT

  63. Ted Treen


    Years ago, I saw can old MKII Granada (low on its wheels) being driven around Brum by a very rotund gentleman; the vehicle sporting FAT 61T...

  64. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    Was there a question?

    There used to be a matched pair of Bentley Continentals parked in Chelsea with the registrations "2 BE" and "NOT 2B".

    Also saw "ELG 4R" on a Range Rover on the M40 just the other day.

    1. Alex Rose

      They are still there... least the plates are, last time I went past they were on a Bentley and an Aston.

  65. John Brown (no body) Silver badge

    offensive words?

    Saw a blue Subaru the other day with F11CKA

    I thought maybe the driver liked horses but reading here indicates that it might be something else.

    The A was spaced out and I guess the texting generation and the vanity bitches see the 11 as a U

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      F11CKA = "ficker" = "thicker"

      as in, two short planks.

  66. miknik
    Thumb Up

    The clever ones are the best

    I knew a guy who had K9 0RBS with the text underneath reading "The Dogs Bollocks", it always made me smile.

  67. rpics

    I confess

    I have a 4wd that I use for getting lost in the bush - the plate says WTFAMI

    The 'W' can be Where or What or Who?

  68. tony trolle

    BTW bollocks

    Sex Pistols at Nottingham's Magistrates Court in 1977, proved "bollocks" was not obscene.

  69. The Dark Lord


    Up here in Edinburgh, the entire class "SN07" was not issued because someone in the DVLA thought "snot" was offensive.

  70. A J Stiles

    I once saw

    "D141TAL" -- with an "open" 4 very carefully stylised to look a little bit like a capital G.

    Actually, I used to see it quite a lot. This was around the time that registration was current. I'm showing my age now. (Where's the pipe and slippers icon when you need one?)

  71. Giles Jones Gold badge

    Never seen the point of such registrations. If you want everyone to know you're a "B00B" (a reg plate I've seen) then put a sticker in the back window.

    Given how few traffic police there are around you could probably just put a fake plate on with whatever you like. I've seen enough plates with illegal fonts and altered characters to think that nothing is being done about them. I can only assume these people don't have an MOT or swap the plate over (why bother, do you not have anything better to do?).

  72. MJI Silver badge

    I knew of a few

    Back in A reg times, a local BMW dealer grabbed a lot of plates.

    I remember such ones as A323BMW on a ... BMW 323i I think they managed most of the models.

    Seen A1 LBW - used to be a sponsor car for a cricketer, last saw with a white bloke & suit on a Cavalier, rather than black bloke in cricket whites on a base level 3 series.

    Also seen MY 750 on a BMW 750.

  73. Mostor Astrakan

    You English are rude...

    I think I should mention that where you brits require four letters to refer to man- or ladyparts, the Dutch require only three. Have I seen them proudly adorning cars? Why yes, yes I have.

  74. takuhii

    Sorry I don't get the VA61 NOB one... VAG NOB? Might have been funnier as VA61 NAA

  75. Atilla the Hun (No relation)
    IT Angle

    Plate spinning

    I confirm the Bentleys in Chelsea, still look out for them on my occasional jaunts into the Smoke.

    Some considerable number of years ago I nearly fell off my motorbike when passing FU2 on the Hammersmith Flyover - believed to be owned at the time by a Fiona Richmond?

  76. bigben

    J1 HAD or J11 HAD....

    ....used to be on a pimped Transit in the student areas of Manchester circa 1997

    My mate has C1LNT spaced to look like possibly the rudest of all swear words, never figured out why.


  77. Lamont Cranston

    I've seen

    B13 ELM, which struck me as offensive.

    I've also seen 404 LOL, but couldn't decide whether to laugh or cry, at that.

  78. itzman

    my all time favorite

    was a dolled up busty blond driving a top-of-the range convertible it roared past me I noted the number plate

    CUP 38 D

    I always wanted W1TCH but the going rate was £50k...

  79. Chris Miller

    Seen on M3


    Out and proud?

  80. Reliquary

    Wow; someone obviously missed the memo at the DVLA for all the cars in South Oxon with the licence plates starting BJ08... examples seen include BJ08 BAA, BJ08 GRL, BJ08 BAR etc, etc.

  81. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    Yet more make-work for the armies of otherwise unemployable civil servants.

  82. Steve the Cynic

    In the early days of XX##XXX....

    I once saw a lorry operated by a firm called Cosi-Bed, with the plate CO51 BED.

  83. Mips

    Also out in the wild

    Seen as W32GAY. On a pink Lexus Soarer (yes I know there is no such thing except it is popular in the pink community).

    1. chops

      I applied to the DVLA for W4NKR when W registrations were released in the UK (1999?), but received a polite rejection letter.

  84. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    One I saw for sale on eBay years ago...

    was S1HTE. They must have missed that one...

  85. graham crocker

    Get A Doctor!

    Some examples seem incredibly obscure - Sorry I mean VA6E.

  86. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I've saw N1ERD recently on the M25

  87. Alan Scott

    Got a pic of a local drainage firm van whose reg was WH05 HAT. Thought that was quite a good one.

  88. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


    For all you ones going on and on about 'ME WANT TA12DIS!!!!111ONELOLZ'

    This is NOT an allowed plate format in the GB system. 'I' is reserved for NI plates, and will not be seen on the ABnn CDE format plates. ('Z' is, however, now allowed).

    The closest you might get might me 'TA12 DSS' or similar.

    Once saw L18NUX for £250, considered it. L1NUX was going for £25k.

  89. annodomini2

    They missed one

    On an 11 plate Skoda Fabia

    WA 11 KER

    And yes it had a black screw dot between the 11.

  90. Richard Scratcher
    Thumb Down

    A few years ago I saw a BMW with the plate: M1 NGE.

    I would support a ban though and even help compile a list of naughty words - if the money was right (I can't afford too much at the moment).

    I was giving my Mother a lift one day and we stopped at the lights behind a big 4x4 with a camouflage paint job and monster truck tyres. "Oh look!", she said. "That car's got a number plate that says big gun." It actually read B16 CUN but I decided not to correct her.

  91. Steve Evans


    Surely any gang member that wishes to advertise his membership via his numberplate should be encouraged?

  92. Julian 3

    Class number plate I spotted last week was Y2 CUM and SUC 808Y (suck bobby) is another one ive seen!

  93. Anonymous Coward

    Rotten sods...

    Wouldn't let me have C11NTS, I tried to explain I'm called Clint but they still wouldn't wear it, I mean, it's not as if you could read it any other way....

  94. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward


  95. No, I will not fix your computer

    I want a personalised numberplate

    Can't afford one so, instead, I'm going to change my name to RWV 94X

  96. Secret geek

    Seen yesterday...

    D11K ED

    Nuff said I think.

  97. SoggyRock

    no censor here!

    in the enlightened Isle of Man we must be far too innocent, ranging from MAN 1C to MAN 1A, a perennial classic - 8008 MAN, and of course the reverse for the brave. For the down at heel it's gotta be - MAN 61E. I'm sure H1 MAN is out there somewhere, but my personal favourite is one Vicars ride which in these apparent times of strife remains unmolested - MAN 4 60D, every journey has the potential to bring a smile with the creative slanting and spacing, until they are brought back into line by the boys in blue.

    Fittingly, being a motorsport heaven we've also got F457 MAN

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