The following sci-fi customised car number plates - with some fantasy ones tossed in - have been spotted on cars by various people (usually me) at one time or another, irregardless of whether the sci-fi link is intentional or not, eg: VULCAN which can either refer to the planet where Spock was born or the company who manufactures large gas heaters for homes. They are all listed here alphabetically along with their sci-fi references.
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This page focuses mainly on Victoria issued plates for which only six digits are permitted, whereas some states like Western Australia can have nine. Different states are represented by different colours purely for easy reference and may not be the same colour/style as the platepics (BTW the red plates are owned by me). I've also avoided listing international plates otherwise I'll end up with a thousand Jedi and Trekker varieties.
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Note: Plates that use numbers to substitute letters are not accepted eg: S1TH or J3DI. As far as I'm concerned, a "4" will always be a "4" and will not be read as an "A". To highlight this further, General Kael from the film Willow would appear as K43L which I refuse to accept.

Last updated: February 9, 2015

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1701 E: NCC 1701 E, The Enterprise's rego number as featured in the Star Trek films from First Contact to Nemesis - Star Trek Platepic
ALIEN: Pretty obvious I think
ALLEN 1: Allen Bradley's call sign from within the computer - Tron
ANAKIN: Anakin Skywalker - Star Wars
ANI 09: Anakin Skywalker in his kiddie years was often called Ani, and believe it or not in the film he was nine years old (yep this is for the nerds) - Star Wars The Phantom Menace
ARGOS: The name of a city - Jason and the Argonauts & Clash of the Titans
ARTOO: R2-D2 - Star Wars
ARTWO: R2-D2 - Star Wars Platepic
ARWEN: Arwen-Undomiel, an elven woman who falls for Aragorn whom she eventually marries. Funnily enough I saw this number plate in the carpark of where I work - The Lord of the Rings
AVON 1: Kerr Avon, the guy who made futuristic black leather and studs look fashionable - Blake's 7
BAJEDI: "Be a Jedi Knight" - Star Wars
BATTY: Roy Batty, who's seen things you wouldn't believe - Blade Runner
BEMEUP: "Beam me up" - Star Trek
BIGGS: Biggs Darklighter, Luke's best buddy until he's blown to the shizenhausen in his X Wing- Star Wars
BILBO 1: Bilbo Baggins - The Lord of the Rings
BINKS: Jar Jar Binks <cough> nuff said - Star Wars
BLADE 2: The sequel to Blade - Blade Platepic1, Platepic2
BMEYUP: "Beam me up" - Star Trek
BOBA: The ultra cool bounty hunter. Once described as "a cool costume + limited screen time + direct dialogue = eternal popularity", the only problem now is that instead of saying "he's no good to me dead" he now says "he's no good to me did" such is the translation of the New Zealand accent
BTLSTR: Battlestar - Battlestar Galactica Platepic
BUFFY: Buffy Summers, she'd be the only person in the world when the waiter at the restaurant asks "would you like a stake?" she'd say "no thanks I brought my own" - Buffy The Vampire Slayer
BUFFY 8: Buffy Summers - Buffy The Vampire Slayer
BUMBLB: Bumblebee, he's more than meets the eye (this was even seen on a yellow car) - Transformers
C3PO: See Threepio - Star Wars Platepic
CAESAR: Caesar was the chimpanze who rebelled against humans then later created a new human/ape society - Conquest/Battle for the Planet of the Apes
CHANI 4: Chani Kynes, the fremen woman who becomes Paul's better half - Dune
CHANI 5: Chani Kynes, the fremen woman who becomes Paul's better half - Dune
CHAPEL: Nurse Christine Chapel who had a thing for Spock - Star Trek
CHARMED: Witch TV series is that? - Charmed
CHEWIE: Chewbacca's nickname - Star Wars
CIIIPO: See Threepio ("III" in Romulan numerals is read as "3") - Star Wars
CRUSHR: Beverly/Wesley Crusher - Star Trek: The Next Generation
CYBORG: There are number of references I can use for this including the film Cyborg itself, however, my personal choice is Robocop purely for the line "he's a cyborg you idiot!" - Robocop Platepic
DALEK: Quite possibly the most famous bad guys in any sci-fi TV series ever created, but remember they're ONLY meant to be travelling machines for the Kaled mutants - Dr Who
DARTH: Darth Vader - Star Wars
DARTHK: This can be read as either Darth Kruhl or Darth Karnage, but let's go with Darth Krayt who was a Jedi Master from Tatooine who jumped ship to the Dark Side and ended up forming One Sith which superseded the famous "rule of two". He obviously did well for himself as he ended up being the Emperor of the Galaxy for a time a number of years after Palpatine's reign. This all comes from the expanded universe so it's pretty nerdy - Star Wars
DARTHS: Can be read as the plural of Darth (ie the Sith) or Darth Sidious - Star Wars
DEJAQ: Deja Q was the title of an episode of Star Trek that featured the reappearance of the Q character - Star Trek: The Next Generation
DESILU: The production company who made the original Star Trek series in the 60s - Star Trek
DSTAR: Death Star - Star Wars Platepic
DTHVDR: Darth Vader - Star Wars
DVADER: Darth Vader - Star Wars
EXAR: Exar Kun, a Jedi student from the Expanded Star Wars Universe - Star Wars
EZRI: Ezri Dax, who replaced Jadzia in the last season of the show - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
FABI: FAB 1 is the rego plate of Lady Penelope's pink Rolls Royce ("I" in Roman numerals is read as "1") - The Thunderbirds
FIRST: The First Evil - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
FRACK: A swear word used as a substitute for that other, more famous "F" word. Fortunately Frack was suitable for use on TV even though everyone knew what the context was. The spelling is from the 70s version of the show (from the 1978 writer's guide) whereas the 2000's version is spelt without the "C" - Battlestar Galactica *** NEW ***
FRODO 1: Frodo Baggins, when someone said "I'll give you a ring" they weren't talking about a phone call - The Lord of the Rings
GDZLLA: The king of the monsters - Godzilla
GIZMO: The name given to the cute little Mogwai that everyone loved ... until he had offspring - Gremlins
GOBLN: Green Goblin, this was actually featured on a green car - Spider-Man
GRIMA: Grima Wormtongue, with a name like that you just knew he was going to be shifty - Lord of the Rings
GZILLA: The king of the monsters - Godzilla
HALLA: A force sensitive lady from Mimban who only appeared in the one Star Wars novel - Splinter of the Mind's Eye
HALO: A planet built by the Forerunners to fight the Flood as featured in the hugely successful Xbox game - Halo
HAM: Ham Tyler "master of covert operations, communications and bad relations" one of the cooler dudes from the show - V: The Final Battle
HEL: A woman Rotwang loved so much that he attempts to artificially create her in the form of the robot Maria - Metropolis
HIRO: Hiro Nakamura, you know he's holding out to become one - Heroes
HOME 1: Call sign for Admiral Ackbar's frigate at the Battle of Endor - Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
HSOLO: Han Solo - Star Wars
IRNMAN: Ironman - Ironman
IX: A planet known for the manufacture of non thinking machines - Dune
JABBA 1: Jabba The Hutt, he's a mean, green, eatin' machine - Star Wars
JAWA 1: The little desert scavengers with the groovy glowing eyes and cute voices - Star Wars
JEDI: Jedi Knight - Star Wars
JEDI 01: Jedi Knight - Star Wars Platepic
JEDI 01: Jedi Knight - Star Wars Platepic
JEDI 02: Jedi Knight - Star Wars
JEDI 4: Jedi Knight - Star Wars
JEDI 66: Of all the Jedi Knight plate variations this one probably has most significance because of Order 66 - Star Wars
JEDI 77: Another Jedi Knight plate that has a level of symbolism as Star Wars was released in 1977 - Star Wars
JEDI 82: Jedi Knight - Star Wars
JEDI 88: Jedi Knight - Star Wars
JEDI 89: Jedi Knight - Star Wars
JEDI 97: The revelance of this Jedi Knight plate is that the Special Edition of the film was released in 1997 - Star Wars
JEDIM 3: Jedi Knight as seen on a BMW M3 - Star Wars
JEDIS: Jedi Knights - Star Wars
JONES: The elusive ginger cat who meets an alien and lives to meow about the tale (or should that be tail). Also known as Jonsey - Alien
KATRA 1: The Vulcan "spirit/soul", mainly discussed in the third film - Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
KITT: Knight Industries Two Thousand, Michael Knight's talking Trans Am - Knight Rider
KRYCEK: A gooddee turned baddee who got his comeuppance in the end - The X Files
LADYE: Lady E is the name used by fans to refer to the Starship Enterprise (ya gotta be a real nerd to spot that one) - Star Trek
LEADER: The dude in charge of the entire Visitor/Sirian race - V
LEIA 1: Princess Leia - Star Wars Platepic
LOTR: Lord of the Rings
LUMPY 2: Lumpy, Chewbacca's little nephew (yes he does have one) - Star Wars Holiday Special
MATRIX: According to the film, we're in it right now - The Matrix
MELINA: Melina, for a good time be sure to give her a call as Arnie did - Total Recall
MELMAC: Alf's home planet - Alf
MJEDI: Intended to be read as Master Jedi - Star Wars
MOGWAI: The little fluffy dude who doesn't like bright light - Gremlins
MTFBWY: "May the Force be with you" slogan - Star Wars
MUNDI 1: Ki-Adi-Mundi was a Jedi Master who really copped the rough end of Order 66 on Mygeeto - Star Wars
NC 1701: USS Enterprise rego number (note: should be NCC) - Star Trek
NCC: Used in starship registration numbers (eg: NCC 1701). Interestingly what NCC actually stands for is never mentioned onscreen. Some believe it stands for Naval Construction Contract (which was used in a Trek novel), another option is Naval Construction Code Number though the likely winner is Naval Contact Code which was seen on the blueprints for a studio model when the original series was being made - Star Trek
NCC 1701D: USS Enterprise Rego number - Star Trek: The Next Generation
NEO 84: Neo, Thomas Anderson's computer hacking alter ego - The Matrix
NOVA 9: Nova, the mute girl who hitches a ride on a horse with Charlton Heston - Planet of the Apes
NTRPSE: USS Enterprise - Star Trek
NXO 1: First generation USS Enterprise rego number, reads as NX 01 - Star Trek: Enterprise
NXTGEN: Star Trek: The Next Generation
OBI 1: Ben "Obi Wan" Kenobi - Star Wars
OBI WAN: Ben "Obi Wan" Kenobi - Star Wars Platepic
OBJECT: A term used to describe an item from hotel room #10 that is located in another dimension - The Lost Room
OLGICA: Vulcan word for "logic" as translated from The Motion Picture (yeah I know it's nerdy) - Star Trek
ORAC: A computer - Blake's 7
ORDR 66: Order 66, the command given by Emperor Palpatine to the Clone Army to exterminate the Jedi Knights - Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
ORION: Pan Am's shuttle used to ferry people to the orbiting space station - 2001: A Space Odyssey
PADD: Personal Access Display Device, kinda like an advanced PDA for starship crew members - Star Trek: The Next Generation
PHASE II: The 1970s TV show intended as a sequel to the original Star Trek series but was never made (it became The Motion Picture instead) - Star Trek Platepic
PING: Professor Ping - Barbarella
PPG: A hand held firearm - Babylon 5
PPG 1: A hand held firearm - Babylon 5
QUARK: The Ferengi who owned the only cool place in the quadrant, his bar - Star Trek: Deep Space Nine
RAM 1: Ram is the character who escapes with Tron and Flynn from the gaming grid - Tron
REBOOT: Futuristic CG television show from the 90s - Reboot
RED 06: Jek Porkins' X-Wing Fighter call sign - Star Wars
RENDAR: Ahhhh yes, Dash Rendar, the "fill in" Han Solo you have when Han himself is busy being trapped in carbonite - Star Wars: Shadows of the Empire
RONTO 2: A dinosaur like creature seen in Mos Eisley on Tatooine - Star Wars: The Special Edition
ROUGE 5: Wes Janson's snowspeeder call sign when flying alone, though in the film he's Wedge's gunner whose call sign is Rogue 6 - Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
RTWOD 2: R2-D2 - Star Wars
SAURON: Sauron, ring maker extraordinaire - Lord of the Rings
SCIFI: Abbreviation for Science Fiction. This is actually the plate that I wanted for my car but someone beat me to it. Not happy!
SINGH 9: Khan Noonian Singh - Star Trek TOS (Space Seed), Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
SITH: Dark "Jedi" religion - Star Wars Platepic
SITH: Dark "Jedi" religion - Star Wars Platepic1, Platepic2
SITH: Dark "Jedi" religion - Star Wars Platepic1
SITH 0: Dark "Jedi" religion - Star Wars
SITH 1: Dark "Jedi" religion - Star Wars Platepic
SITH 2: As Yoda once said "always two there are, no more, no less." - Star Wars Platepic
SITHLD: Sith Lord from the dark "Jedi" religion - Star Wars
SITH LORD: Dark "Jedi" religion - Star Wars Platepic1, Platepic2
SG 1: Stargate SG 1
SLAVE 1: Boba Fett’s ship - Star Wars
SLAVE 1: Boba Fett’s ship - Star Wars
SLAYA: Slayer (sure it's different spelling but the meaning is still there) - Buffy the Vampire Slayer
SLICER: A term used to describe a computer hacker - Star Wars
SMEG: Slang word/obscenity - Red Dwarf
SMEG 00: Slang word/obscenity - Red Dwarf
SMEGUL: The little dude who was quite a decent fella ... until he found THAT ring. Should be spelt Smeagol - Lord of the Rings
SSHMI: Shmi Skywalker, Anakin's mother - Star Wars
SPAWN: Al Simmons' alter ego whose back from hell and is not happy - Spawn Platepic
SPOCK: Mr Spock - Star Trek
SPOCK 1: Mr Spock - Star Trek
SPOCK 2: Mr Spock - Star Trek
STAWRS: Star Wars Platepic
STRWRS: Star Wars
TARDIS: Time And Relative Dimensions In Space AKA the Doctor’s time travelling phone booth - Dr Who Platepic
TASHA 1: Tasha Yar, who was a popular character until she was bumped off at the end of the first season - Star Trek: The Next Generation
TAYLOR: Charlton Heston's character damning them all to hell - Planet of the Apes
THHULK: This was even spotted on a green car - The Incredible Hulk
THMPER: A rythmic pounding device used to attract sandworms - Dune
THX: George Lucas' first film and is now the pinnacle of theatre sound systems - THX 1138
TK 421: Call sign for a particular Stormtrooper on the Death Star "TK 421 why aren't you at your post?" Ironically this one line inspired the naming convention for the entire 501st legion of Star Wars costuming fans (all of their Stormtroopers are called TK something or other) - Star Wars
TMA 1: Tycho Magnetic Anomally (ie: the monolith) insert your own "eee eee ee" music here - 2001: A Space Odyssey
TOECUTA: Toecutter, the mean dude in the mean car - Mad Max Platepic
TRCHWD: Torchwood, the Dr Who spinoff series - Dr. Who
TREKKA: A term used to describe a Star Trek fan. In fact there's been a never ending debate over whether "Trekker" or "Trekkie" is the correct term, though according to Gene Roddenberry it's Trekkie which irks the purists no end as they prefer Trekker - Star Trek
TREKIE: A term used to describe a Star Trek fan. In fact there's been a never ending debate over whether "Trekker" or "Trekkie" is the correct term, though according to Gene Roddenberry it's Trekkie which irks the purists no end as they prefer Trekker - Star Trek
TREKKY: A term used to describe a Star Trek fan. In fact there's been a never ending debate over whether "Trekker" or "Trekkie" is the correct term, though according to Gene Roddenberry it's Trekkie which irks the purists no end as they prefer Trekker - Star Trek
TYPE 40: The designation of the TARDIS, ie: it's a Type 40 travel machine - Dr Who
VADAR: Darth Vader (note incorrect spelling) - Star Wars
VADAR 1: Darth Vader (note incorrect spelling) - Star Wars
VADER: Darth Vader - Star Wars
VADER 0: Darth Vader - Star Wars
VADER 1: Darth Vader - Star Wars Platepic
VADER 3: Darth Vader - Star Wars
VALEN: Founder of the Grey Council and spiritual leader of the Minbari, who's actually ... WARNING out-of-date spoiler alert! ... Jeffrey Sinclair! - Babylon 5
VAMPRE: Vampire Platepic
VAMPYR: Traditional spelling for Vampire
VESPA: Princess Vespa - Spaceballs
VMPIRE: Vampire
VMPYRE: Vampire
VORLON: One of the two "old races" that no one really understood even though they had great looking environmental suits - Babylon 5
VOYAGR: The USS Voyager which got lost way out in nah nah land - Star Trek: Voyager
VULCAN: Mr Spock's home planet - Star Trek
WALD: The little Rodian kid who was friends with Kitster and young Anakin - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
WAMPA: The Yeti looking monster who lives on Hoth, oh and don't worry about his ferocious growl cause he's mostly ... armless - The Empire Strikes Back *** NEW ***
WATTO 3: Don't bother with the Jedi mind tricks 'cause he's a Toydarian - Star Wars
WATTO 4: I love this guy purely for the line "ahhh Jedi hey, whatdaya know!" Watto - Star Wars
WARP 2: Unit of speed for starships - Star Trek Platepic
WARP 10: Unit of speed for starships which is actually considered unachievable in the Trek universe 'cause if you do aim for that speed weird stuff starts to happen and transwarp drive is then needed ... NERD!- Star Trek
WHOK 9: Dr Who (Tom Baker version) and K-9 his mechanical dog. This plate featured on a motorcycle which had a complete custom Dr Who paint job including the rider's helmet - Dr Who
WIZARD: Can be used in a number of places but in keeping with the sci-fi theme of this page I prefer Avatar and Blackwolf - Wizards
WOLFI 1: Subsitute name for John Connor's dog (actual name was Max) - Terminator 2
WOOOSH: Yelled aloud by fans at the old Star Trek original series marathon screenings whenever the Enterprise flashed past in the opening credit sequence (yep it's another nerdy one) - Star Trek
WORMY: Luke Skywalker's nickname from the Star Wars novelisation - Star Wars
WORMIE: Alternate spelling of Luke Skywalker's nickname from the Star Wars novelisation - Star Wars
WRAITH: The ghost of a dead guy driving around in a fancy car - The Wraith
XFILE 1: The X Files
XFILES: The X Files
XFILESX: The X Files
XWING 5: A one man fighter used by the Rebel Alliance made famous by the X shaped wings (actually called S foils). In the film Red 5 was piloted by Luke Skywalker - Star Wars
YODA 01: Everyone's favourite little green dude ... errr hang on that's Kermit. Ahhh this is the OTHER famous little green dude - The Empire Strikes Back
YT 1300: This is the model number of the Millennium Falcon - Star Wars *** NEW ***
ZANADU: "A place where nobody dared to go" (should be spelt with an "X") - Xanadu
ZARE: Zare Leonis, a young kid who is part of the Imperial Empire but is secretly wanting to help the Rebels as he looks for his lost sister - Star Wars Rebels *** NEW ***
ZHADUM: The Shadows home planet - Babylon 5
ZUTTON: Snaggletooth's actual name. When the Stormtroopers suss out Han and Chewbacca sitting in the cantina booth, Zutton is the alien sitting at a table on the left of screen looking a little perplexed... and yes believe it or not this number plate was created in honour of him - Star Wars

 

If you happen to see or photograph any sci-fi inspired customised car rego plates in your travels (whether the reference be intentional or not), be sure to let the Dags know ASAP at darren@maxwell.net - use the subject line "SF Rego Plate" - so he can include it in the listing. Let's make this list as comprehensible as possible!

Non sci-fi plates that still grabbed my attention

I thought these were pretty unique and worthy of a separate list. In no particular order.

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ONAMEX: As seen on a sports car which I thought was pretty clever
INDEBT: Something most people are in when they buy a new car
SNOT: Can you please explain to me why ANYONE would want this?
NUKE: When in doubt, wipe it out!
STOLEN: If the car ever got nicked, finding it you'd think would be pretty easy.
MRBEAN: Actually seen on a green Mini Minor
KERMIT: Our favourite little green frog
KERMEE: What happens when KERMIT is taken? Go for the next best thing as this is what Miss Piggy always called him
DREVIL: Dr. Evil from Austin Powers trilogy, in fact when I first saw this plate I thought it was pronounced as one word, Drevil, until I realised what it REALLY said
THEBOG: Kinda makes you wonder what the insipration for this was
ZORRO 1: Who was that masked man???
ZZTOP: A rock group
ABCDEF: I wonder if the rest of the alphabet is featured on another plate somewhere
KAPUT: When your car breaks down, it'll be easy to tell roadside assist what's happened to it
VIRUS: Would you ever get sick of this plate? :)
TOILET: Like SNOT above, why would anyone want this?
STUKA: A famous German WW2 aircraft
MRHYDE: Dr Jeckyl's alter ego
OOMPA: Those famous little dudes with the dodgy singing voices from Willy Wonka's chocky factory, which makes you wonder if someone has the plate LOOMPA
DOOF: Considering you need two plates for one car, you really will have some "doof doof"
OLDGIT: This would make a great gift for anyone who's older than you are
UNHOLY: Wouldn't you love to park this car outside a church
SCUM: Makes you wonder if this refers to the driver or the road users the driver sees
MRBRNS: Mr Burns from The Simpsons, it was even seen on a Rolls Royce! Can't you just see it now "ahhhh Smithers"..:)
WOTAMI: Seen on a car so heavily modified that its make and model could not be identified
PRISON: If the interior door handles don't work, then this plate would be ideal
AAARGH: if the other plate was GRRR then you'd have Joss Whedon's now famous Mutant Enemy logo - Buffy/Angel/Firefly
BLAH: An easy plate to choose when you're not in the mood to pick a plate name
CINEMA: For movie lovers
PHLEGM: Like SNOT and TOILET above, why would anyone want this? It was even on a green plate!
R.I.P: Seen on a black hearse - and yes those are wedding ribbons on it Platepic
WWAR 3: Think this dude knows something we don't
WW2VET: World War 2 Veteran, I'm not sure if the guy himself picked this or whether it was given to him, but I thought it was quite poignant. With this in mind you'd have to assume someone out there has NAMVET or similar
MAX 86: A nice homage to our favourite CONTROL Agent
SUZIEQ: Suzie Quatro, singer
FEB 14: Valentine's Day - how cute
SLOPPY: This might've been a gift from some parents to their teenage son
HENRY 8: Imagine the history lesson ... "there was this dude, see, who was a king. Well he got married lotsa times but instead of just giving the old wives the toss when he got sick of 'em, he lopped their heads off instead ... which meant a reconcilement was kinda outta the question. But hey, at least history remembers him for it."
BATGRL: Doesn't it just bring back pleasant memories of Yvonne Craig
BPEARL: Pirate Ship "Black Pearl" - Pirates of the Carribean
FBIVAN: This was seen on a shiny black van similar to those seen in US cop shows, so clearly whoever owned this is a big fan US law enforcement. It makes you wonder when it stops do all these dudes wearing FBI flak jackets suddenly pour out
I'M BATMAN: I just hope he has this on an appropriate looking car rather than something dinky like a Daewoo
TOP GEAR: You'd have to think is a very obvious one to get ... being on a car and all

 

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