A Licence Plate is a sign attached to a road traversing vehicle for identification purposes. Licence Plates differ by colour, size and font depending on their country of origin.
Licence plates have never had an influence on the gameplay elements seen in the Need for Speed series as they are mainly used for aesthetic purposes. Drivable vehicles in the Need for Speed only have a Licence Plate on their rear bumper.
Need for Speed: High Stakes was the first title in the series to feature licence plates.
Need for Speed: High Stakes & Need for Speed: Porsche UnleashedEdit
Licence plates in Need for Speed: High Stakes and Need for Speed: Porsche Unleashed feature no customisation options as they only display the player's name.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2Edit
Licence plates in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 don't use the player's name. They are replaced with "ND 4 SPD" inscribed on the licence plates of all vehicles featured in the title.
Need for Speed: Most WantedEdit
Licence Plates in Need for Speed: Most Wanted were slightly changed. They feature the inscription "NFSMW". On the left of each Licence Plate is a small symbol as well as "NeedforSpeed" illustrated again and "City of Rockport" below the main lettering.
Need for Speed: CarbonEdit
Licence plates in Need for Speed: Carbon have "CARBON" written instead of "NFSMW".
The logos were also replaced with "City of Palmont" as well as a number 11 to show that it is the 11th title in the Need for Speed franchise if Motor City Online is included.
Need for Speed: ProStreetEdit
The licence plates in Need for Speed: ProStreet replaced the old writing with "PROSTREET".
Need for Speed: UndercoverEdit
"ND 4 SPD" was used as the Licence Plate typing for Need for Speed: Undercover. It was last used in Hot Pursuit 2 although every vehicle has a US plate.
It also includes a short inscription stating "Tri City Bay" as this the region in which Need for Speed: Undercover takes place.
Need for Speed: WorldEdit
Need for Speed: World features default plates with a large Need for Speed logo with "NEED FOR SPEED" written above it.
It is also the first title in the series to allow players to customise the Licence Plate of their owned vehicles. Custom licence plates were added on March 15th, 2011 as well as being made purchasable from the player's safehouse.
The range is split between those that can be bought with Speedboost and those that can be bought with ingame Cash. There are also special plates that are only available with specific vehicles.
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010)Edit
Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit (2010) reuses the "ND 4 SPD" Licence Plate writing for Racer vehicles similar to the plates sseen in Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit 2 and Need for Speed: Undercover.
SCPD vehicles also have "ND 4 SPD" inscribed on them but also include special federal markings.
Need for Speed: The RunEdit
Most Signature Edition vehicles and rival cars in The Run have special customised licence plates.
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012)Edit
Need for Speed: Most Wanted (2012) features an assortment of licence plates that each have a unique style and an alternative method of being unlocked by the player.
Need for Speed: RivalsEdit
Need for Speed: Rivals allows Racers to customise their licence plate background and edit the written text up to a maximum of 7 characters. An unedited licence plate is inscribed with "GHOST".
Cops can also edit the text on their licence plate.