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Alternate reality license plate

An Iowa license plate

A license plate was a metal plate with an alphanumeric sequence on it that identified a vehicle.

In 2367, while showing Guinan his Dixon Hill holoprogram, Jean-Luc Picard complained about not being able to get the license plate of a 1948 Packard. (TNG: "Clues")

The license plate on the 1936 Ford truck USS Voyager found floating in space in 2371 was "6-T-593". (VOY: "The 37's")

Background informationEdit

Usually the alphanumeric sequence is a government sanctioned code that indicated the geographical location or an officially recognized organization a vehicle belonged to, and is an identification aid for law enforcement agencies as well as tax authorities.

Dodge WC63 truck

Period Dodge WC63 truck carrying a "NA"-plate in "Storm Front, Part II"

When a Star Trek production (or any other motion picture production for that matter) needs a historical, period vehicle, they usually rent these from museums, or more commonly, private collectors. In the late 20th century several of these turned up carrying nonsensical license plates that started with "NA", whether or not followed by any alpha numerical sequence. The "NA" is a code – in everyday parlance the acronym for "not available" or "not applicable" – that indicates the vehicle is not a regular traffic participant (and therefore usually exempt from road taxes), but rather a limited use vehicle only, to be used for example, as exhibition and parade pieces, or as rentals to motion picture productions. Several period vehicles carrying this type of plate have been featured in the Star Trek: Enterprise season four two-part episode "Storm Front", among others. While not officially recognized by authorities, the format has nevertheless been adopted in collector circles of several western nations.

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