Better Know Your California Special “Red Letter” License Plates – What Does “S3” Mean? What Does “R” Mean?

I’ll tell you, if you drive around long enough with a red letter license plate, CHP officers will end up asking you what your license plate means.

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The red “S” stands for Senate, as in California State. (Red is their color, it’s their thing. The lower house, the Assembly, prefers to use royal blue.)

The “3” stands for 3rd District, like the one we have on the right side of San Francisco (and on up to Marin and parts of Sonoma County).

And the little “R,” well that means “retired.”

Note that the registration is current. Note that this retired state senator actually paid for his meter space. Hurray:

Now, you Better Know Your California Special “Red Letter” License Plates.

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4 Responses to “Better Know Your California Special “Red Letter” License Plates – What Does “S3” Mean? What Does “R” Mean?”

  1. Anonymous says:

    What does the letter L stand for before a number? For instance a license plate L54

  2. sfcitizen says:

    Good question, I don’t know

    http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/plates/senator.htm

  3. John Gregg Boynton says:

    What does a capital red A with two OO stand for . Please and thank you.

  4. sfcitizen says:

    Assembly Member https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/pubs/plates/senator

    But the 00 part doesn’t make sense to me.

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