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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
License plates in GTA III and [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] are static textures, with all plates in GTA III reading ''LC R29'' (the ''LC'' could stand for [[Liberty City in GTA III|Liberty City]]). In GTA Vice City, some vehicles retain the LC R29 plates; others have blurred and illegible versions of the Florida state plate.
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License plates in GTA III and [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City]] are static textures, with all plates in GTA III reading ''LC R29'' (the ''LC'' could stand for [[Liberty City (3D Universe)|Liberty City]]). In GTA Vice City, some vehicles retain the LC R29 plates; others have blurred and illegible versions of the Florida state plate.
   
License plates are dynamic in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], generating random 7 character license numbers that consist of both letters and numbers. The pattern is: two letters and two numbers, then a space, then a number and two letters (e.g. '''AA00 0AA'''). Each of the three major cities in [[State of San Andreas|San Andreas]] have their own plates and some vehicles have their own custom license numbers. Note, however, that during a session of play, all cars of the same model will have the same number plate (for example, all [[Landstalker]]s will have the same plates). These will change if a new session of play is started, even if stored in a garage.
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License plates are dynamic in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], generating random 7 character license numbers that consist of both letters and numbers. The pattern is: two letters and two numbers, then a space, then a number and two letters (e.g. '''AA00 0AA'''). Each of the three major cities in [[San Andreas (3D Universe)|San Andreas]] have their own plates and some vehicles have their own custom license numbers. Note, however, that during a session of play, all cars of the same model will have the same number plate (for example, all [[Landstalker]]s will have the same plates). These will change if a new session of play is started, even if stored in a garage.
   
 
[[Image:Vehicle license plate (GTASA) (Los Santos).jpg|thumb|right|A [[Los Santos]] plate in GTA San Andreas.]]
 
[[Image:Vehicle license plate (GTASA) (Los Santos).jpg|thumb|right|A [[Los Santos]] plate in GTA San Andreas.]]
 
For [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]], license plates in both games feature an "LC" (Liberty City) and "VC" (Vice City) prefix, respectively, followed by a four-digit number. While still more varied than in GTA III and GTA Vice City, the games only offer a limited number of license numbers, with each of them specific to certain vehicles' models.
 
For [[Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories]] and [[Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories]], license plates in both games feature an "LC" (Liberty City) and "VC" (Vice City) prefix, respectively, followed by a four-digit number. While still more varied than in GTA III and GTA Vice City, the games only offer a limited number of license numbers, with each of them specific to certain vehicles' models.
   
In [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], license plates do not have an actual letter-number combination. Every vehicle that has a license plate has "LIBERTY CITY" in large blue capital letters. If a player zooms in with the analog sticks, or with a sniper rifle, they can see that it says "Liberty City State" . These license plates are almost an exact clone of the current [[wp:New York (state)|New York]] license plates, as seen [http://www.netstate.com/states/links/images/ny_license_plate.jpg here]. It is possible that the plates were intended to have a letter-number combination, much like the vehicles in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], but it may have been forgotten during the game's development. Trailers, however, have numbered plates. In Grand Theft Auto IV, the license plate from the beta version of the game can be found on the back of fuel trailers. (check the gallery below)
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In [[Grand Theft Auto IV]], license plates do not have an actual letter-number combination; instead, all license plates simply say "LIBERTY CITY" in large blue capital letters. The design of the plates is a nearly exact copy of the current [[wp:New York (state)|New York]] license plates (as seen [http://www.netstate.com/states/links/images/ny_license_plate.jpg here]), except that they say "Liberty City State" at the bottom. It is possible that license plates were originally intended to have a letter-number combination, much like the vehicles in [[Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas]], but this feature was dropped during the game's development, possibly due to complications or difficulties arising from programming this feature. Trailers, however, have numbered plates. In Grand Theft Auto IV, the license plate from the beta version of the game can be found on the back of fuel trailers (which can be seen in the gallery below).
   
 
[[File:Num.jpg|frame|A [[San Andreas]] plate from a [[Grand Theft Auto V]] pre-release screenshot.]]
 
[[File:Num.jpg|frame|A [[San Andreas]] plate from a [[Grand Theft Auto V]] pre-release screenshot.]]
   
In [[Grand Theft Auto V]] , the license plates resemble the current California plates, but have "San Andreas" written on top instead. There are 8 random characters on each plate; the pattern is two numbers, followed by three letters and three numbers ('''00AAA000''').
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In [[Grand Theft Auto V]], the license plates resemble the current California plates, but have "San Andreas" written on top instead. There are 8 random characters on each plate; the pattern is two numbers, followed by three letters and three numbers ('''00AAA000'''). Also, there are multiple types of plates including modern white plates with red cursive state name resembling modern California plates, red embossed state name on white resembling the 1982-1987 California plate, gold embossed state name and serial number on black resembling the 1963-1969 California plates, and gold embossed state name and serial number on blue resembling the 1970's California plates. A fifth license plate design reads "SA EXEMPT" at the top instead of the state name, which states that the vehicle has been issued by a government agency. For this reason, GTA V contains the most realistic plate combinations in the series.
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There's a special variation of license plates only seen in [[North Yankton]], which features the same things, except "Yankton" in a red stripe, unseen in SA plates. Only appears in snow vehicles, as North Yankton is a snowy place. These are based on 2001-2006 South Dakota license plates.
   
 
== Custom plates ==
 
== Custom plates ==
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== Trivia ==
 
== Trivia ==
*In real-life, the [[United States of America]]'s license plates shows only the state's name and not the city's name like in GTA series. Only [[Grand Theft Auto V]] will feature the name of the state.
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*In real-life, [[United States of America|United States]] license plates are issued by the the state, rather than the city like in [[GTA San Andreas]] and [[GTA IV]]. In [[Grand Theft Auto V]], the license plates read "San Andreas", the name of the state featured in the game.
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*In GTA V, one of the [[Downtown Cab Co.]] missions require the player to drive a man to the docks to deal with some bikers. Next to the bikers is an [[Albany]] [[Emperor (car)|Emperor]] with a license plate reading "ROMANB", another reading "NIKOB" and a bike with "LUISLOPEZ".
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*The first plate available in Los Santos Customs to the player is the same one featured in GTA: San Andreas, but always says San Andreas, as opposed to the ones in GTA: SA that say cities on them.
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*In real life, California, New York (which San Andreas and Liberty State are based on) and [[Florida]] require both front and rear license plates. However, in the GTA universe, all vehicles only feature rear plates.
   
 
== Gallery ==
 
== Gallery ==
   
 
{| align="center"
 
{| align="center"
|<gallery width="auto" perrow="6" style="font-size:95%; padding:0;" widths="99" orientation="none">
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|<gallery width="auto" perrow="4" style="font-size:95%; padding:0;" widths="99" orientation="none">
Image:Vehicle license plate (GTA3).jpg|The license plate in GTA III. A handful of vehicles, such as the [[Landstalker]], still feature this plate in GTA Vice City.
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Vehicle license plate (GTA3).jpg|The license plate in GTA III. A handful of vehicles, such as the [[Landstalker]], still feature this plate in GTA Vice City.
Image:Vehicle license plate (GTAVC) (variant 1).jpg|The "Floridian" plate in GTA Vice City, common on most road vehicles.
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Vehicle license plate (GTAVC) (variant 1).jpg|The "Floridian" plate in GTA Vice City, common on most road vehicles.
Image:Vehicle license plate (GTAVC) (variant 2).jpg|The unadorned Vice City plate in GTA Vice City, used on most industrial vehicles and low-grade vehicles.
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Vehicle license plate (GTAVC) (variant 2).jpg|The unadorned Vice City plate in GTA Vice City, used on most industrial vehicles and low-grade vehicles.
Image:Vehicle license plate (GTASA) (Los Santos).jpg|A Los Santos plate in GTA San Andreas.
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Vehicle license plate (GTASA) (Los Santos).jpg|A Los Santos plate in GTA San Andreas.
Image:Vehicle license plate (GTASA) (San Fierro).jpg|A San Fierro plate in GTA San Andreas.
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Vehicle license plate (GTASA) (San Fierro).jpg|A San Fierro plate in GTA San Andreas.
Image:Vehicle license plate (GTASA) (Las Venturas).jpg|A Las Venturas plate in GTA San Andreas. Note the license number is reversed for this particular vehicle (the [[Hotdog]]) due to design error.
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Vehicle license plate (GTASA) (Las Venturas).jpg|A Las Venturas plate in GTA San Andreas. Note the license number is reversed for this particular vehicle (the [[Hotdog]]) due to design error.
Image:Vehicle license plate (GTALCS).jpg|A license plate in GTA Liberty City Stories.
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Vehicle license plate (GTALCS).jpg|A license plate in GTA Liberty City Stories.
Image:Vehicle license plate (GTAVCS).jpg|A license plate in GTA Vice City Stories.
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Vehicle license plate (GTAVCS).jpg|A license plate in GTA Vice City Stories.
Image:Vehicle license plate (GTA4) (unnumbered).jpg|The unnumbered license plate used on road vehicles in GTA IV.
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Vehicle license plate (GTA4) (unnumbered).jpg|The unnumbered license plate used on road vehicles in GTA IV.
Image:Vehicle license plate (GTA4) (numbered).jpg|The numbered license plate used on trailers in GTA IV.
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Vehicle license plate (GTA4) (numbered).jpg|The numbered license plate used on trailers in GTA IV.
Image:GTAV NUMBER PLATE.png|A license plate in GTA V.
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GTAV NUMBER PLATE.png|A license plate in GTA V.
P180213_21.14.jpg|The unnumbered license plate can be seen on the [[Presidente]] on the left, and to the right, the beta license plate can be seen
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Plate-NYankton.png|North Yankton plate in GTA V.
 
</gallery>
 
</gallery>
 
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== See also ==
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==See Also==
* [[Vehicle Details]]
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*[[Vehicle Details]]
 
[[Category:Miscellaneous]]
 
[[Category:Miscellaneous]]
 
[[Category:Transport]]
 
[[Category:Transport]]

Latest revision as of 22:58, September 28, 2014

GTA IV Number Plate

An unassigned Liberty City license plate in a pre-release screenshot for Grand Theft Auto IV.

Vehicle license plates are introduced in Grand Theft Auto III with the player's ability to explore in a three-dimensional environment making plates viewable. The feature has very little use aside for cosmetic purposes.

Description Edit

License plates in GTA III and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City are static textures, with all plates in GTA III reading LC R29 (the LC could stand for Liberty City). In GTA Vice City, some vehicles retain the LC R29 plates; others have blurred and illegible versions of the Florida state plate.

License plates are dynamic in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, generating random 7 character license numbers that consist of both letters and numbers. The pattern is: two letters and two numbers, then a space, then a number and two letters (e.g. AA00 0AA). Each of the three major cities in San Andreas have their own plates and some vehicles have their own custom license numbers. Note, however, that during a session of play, all cars of the same model will have the same number plate (for example, all Landstalkers will have the same plates). These will change if a new session of play is started, even if stored in a garage.

Vehicle license plate (GTASA) (Los Santos)

A Los Santos plate in GTA San Andreas.

For Grand Theft Auto: Liberty City Stories and Grand Theft Auto: Vice City Stories, license plates in both games feature an "LC" (Liberty City) and "VC" (Vice City) prefix, respectively, followed by a four-digit number. While still more varied than in GTA III and GTA Vice City, the games only offer a limited number of license numbers, with each of them specific to certain vehicles' models.

In Grand Theft Auto IV, license plates do not have an actual letter-number combination; instead, all license plates simply say "LIBERTY CITY" in large blue capital letters. The design of the plates is a nearly exact copy of the current New York license plates (as seen here), except that they say "Liberty City State" at the bottom. It is possible that license plates were originally intended to have a letter-number combination, much like the vehicles in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, but this feature was dropped during the game's development, possibly due to complications or difficulties arising from programming this feature. Trailers, however, have numbered plates. In Grand Theft Auto IV, the license plate from the beta version of the game can be found on the back of fuel trailers (which can be seen in the gallery below).

Num

A San Andreas plate from a Grand Theft Auto V pre-release screenshot.

In Grand Theft Auto V, the license plates resemble the current California plates, but have "San Andreas" written on top instead. There are 8 random characters on each plate; the pattern is two numbers, followed by three letters and three numbers (00AAA000). Also, there are multiple types of plates including modern white plates with red cursive state name resembling modern California plates, red embossed state name on white resembling the 1982-1987 California plate, gold embossed state name and serial number on black resembling the 1963-1969 California plates, and gold embossed state name and serial number on blue resembling the 1970's California plates. A fifth license plate design reads "SA EXEMPT" at the top instead of the state name, which states that the vehicle has been issued by a government agency. For this reason, GTA V contains the most realistic plate combinations in the series.

There's a special variation of license plates only seen in North Yankton, which features the same things, except "Yankton" in a red stripe, unseen in SA plates. Only appears in snow vehicles, as North Yankton is a snowy place. These are based on 2001-2006 South Dakota license plates.

Custom plates Edit

Custom plates are typically vanity plates featured on special vehicles, such as vehicles belonging to certain individuals or custom vehicles. Such plates has been seen in use in both GTA Vice City and GTA San Andreas. In San Andreas they cannot be saved in garages, if they are they simply revert to a usual seven digit plate.

Trivia Edit

  • In real-life, United States license plates are issued by the the state, rather than the city like in GTA San Andreas and GTA IV. In Grand Theft Auto V, the license plates read "San Andreas", the name of the state featured in the game.
  • In GTA V, one of the Downtown Cab Co. missions require the player to drive a man to the docks to deal with some bikers. Next to the bikers is an Albany Emperor with a license plate reading "ROMANB", another reading "NIKOB" and a bike with "LUISLOPEZ".
  • The first plate available in Los Santos Customs to the player is the same one featured in GTA: San Andreas, but always says San Andreas, as opposed to the ones in GTA: SA that say cities on them.
  • In real life, California, New York (which San Andreas and Liberty State are based on) and Florida require both front and rear license plates. However, in the GTA universe, all vehicles only feature rear plates.

Gallery Edit

See AlsoEdit

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