Recent license plates
If I did get a vanity plate, if would be random number and letters.
On a Georgia license plate. What's the first thing you thought of? What do you think you would see if you googled "KC Crip"? Are you thinking young or old? Black or white? I'll just say the driver was doing a very good impression of the least positive thought you could have.
Top Gumm 2
Also on a GA plate. Actually, kinda cute if for a dentist and got half a chuckle out of me.
Overall, personalized plates annoy me. I see them as both a sign of insecurity and a need for attention. Even more so than bumper stickers. And what's the point? You have to spend more money, a government employee has to approve it, and you have 7 or 8 spaces to get across your message. And that message is always "please look at me, I'm a pathetic loser."
Maybe it's your name. Why should anyone care who you are? If we cared you wouldn't need to advertise it. Some are advertising and if it involves the actual business name, then fine. So looking at Top Gumm 2 all we have is a profession and the potential that there is a Top Gumm 1. If we did have the thought that "My, that witticsm cut me to the quick and that's just the type of person I want sticking his hands in my mouth" we'd have no way to find the person.
The worst have to be the ones that identify the car. You know, having a corvette with the plate reading MY VETTE. Thanks for the assist, couldn't figure that one out on my own. Goober.
Had a friend once say she was thinking about getting a personalized plate. I told her, no matter what she got my opinion of her would have to lessen. (Kinda like people who watch Family Guy). Soon after she moved to California and I never heard from her again. Probably got a plate reading SCRW BLL. Sorry, there is just no upside to the vanity plate. So, please, don't get a personalized plate or if you do, don't tell me. Because I will have to give you the look of scorn and the half-head shake of disappointment.