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This page lists the New York license plates which make recurring appearances in Person of Interest episodes.

The prop master for the show maintains a number of actual NY state licence plates that are not assigned and are considered to be "clear". Some plates have been seen in other television programs such as ABC's "Castle". For reasons of privacy, the producers must check with the New York Department of Motor Vehicles to make sure the plates they use on TV are not assigned at the time of filming. They have been known to digitally obscure or sometimes edit plates used a second or third time in an episode. This differs from California, which reserves all license plates beginning with the letter Q for television productions.

One trick of the trade a show may use is to visit the NY state DMV website's vanity plate generator to see if a random letter/number combination is available, and then print out a plate using a laser printer, although this method is normally not used when a close up is required.

Marked police and emergency vehicles are rented from the city as needed, however, the stars unmarked cars that reappear throughout the series are provided through product placement contracts with major auto companies. The NYFD ambulance (#52) seen in a variety of episodes is a decommissioned city vehicle owned by a prop company.

The NYC Film Office posts notices in the area of the city where filming will be taking place. Any privately owned vehicles that are in this area are considered to have provided consent for their plates to be broadcast, although this is a rare occurrence.

920B-ET

Assigned to the NYFD ambulance as seen in:

AWQ-2538

BNQ-1925

CTQ-4318

DQF-8093

EOF-1609

EWQ-2147

GHO-7561

GRB-123

GRQ-1325

IOP-7610

HQO-6874

JYU-O2L8

KNQ-8633

LXQ-2038

NUQ-1724

OAF-4595

POH-9812

R2L-4728

SQT-94J0

SRQ-2876

SQR-5635

  • On Harvey Specter's Lexus LS 460 in Suits, Season 2, Ep. 14, "He's back"
  • On George Massey's Cadillac Escalade in “Triggerman
  • On the Cadillac Escalade of the drone pilot in “Zero Day
  • On the pickup Root steals in “God Mode
  • On Patrick Simmons's Ford in “Mors Praematura
  • On the BWM with the suits hanging inside in “Last Call
  • On the Mercedes-Benz S 550 [W221] in Michael Clayton, Movie, 2007

SWU-63L7

TNF-0818

VOQ-7041

WKO-3542

YKO-1989

ZET-36D (New Jersey)

Sightings in Other TV Shows

Castle (ABC)

  • EWQ-2147 is seen in the Season 1 Finale on a Mercedes S500.
  • AWQ-2538 can be seen in episode 4x21 about 7 minutes in.
  • HQO-6874 is seen on Rick's Mercedes in episode 5x04
  • NUQ-1724 is seen on Dolan's Escalade in episode 5x08
  • LXQ-2038 is seen on the car that was used to "kill" Castle in the season 6 finale.

Blue Bloods (CBS)

  • GRQ-1325 appears on Joe Reagan's Camaro SS in episode 1x07.
  • SRQ-2876 appears on the stalker's Escalade in the opening of episode 1x08.
  • KNQ-8633 appears on Judge Fenton's Cadillac in episode 1x10.
  • BNQ-1925 appears on the kidnapper's van in episode 1x14.
  • KNQ-8633 appears on Danny Reagan's Jeep in episode 1x18.
  • NUQ-1724 appears on the kidnappers Crown Victoria in episode 1x18.
  • AWQ-2538 appears on the Dodge sedan when the kidnapped girl runs through traffic in episode 1x22.
  • NUQ-1724 appears on the car Jackie uses to tail Campion in episode 1x22.
  • KNQ-8633 appears on the red Chevy pick up Jackie rear ends in episode 1x22.
  • SRQ-2876 appears on the kidnappers Jeep in episode 1x22.
  • AWQ-2538 appears on Danny Reagan's personal Jeep in episode 1x22.
  • BNQ-1925 appears on Buchannan's Ford Mustang in episode 1x22.
  • SRQ-2876 appears on the kidnappers van in episode 4x14.

Miscellaneous

  • SRQ-2876 and NUQ-1724 are used episodes 1x04 and 2x03, respectively of The Following.
  • AWQ-2538 appears on the Mercedes Benz in episode 1x12 of "666 Park Avenue".
  • AWQ-2538 appears n Hank Lawson's car in "Royal Pains".
  • BNQ-1925 appears on "Rabbit's" Town Car in episode 2x10 of Cinemax' "Banshee".
  • EWQ-2147 appears on a Maserati in an episode of "Louie".
  • GRQ-1325 appears on Harvey Specter's chauffeured Lexus sedan throughout season 3 of "Suits".
  • NUQ-1724 appears on Ruby Simms Dodge Challenger in "American Odyssey".
  • NUQ-1724 appears on the Jeep in front of the killer's van in the opening of "The Blacklist" 1x13.
  • NUQ-1724 appears on John Wick's Dodge Charger in John Wick.
  • SRQ-2876 appears regularly on Abe's personal BMW in ABC's "Forever".
  • SQR-5635 appears on the BMW of the CFO, David Wallace, of the show "The Office" S06:E02 "The Meeting".
  • SQR-5635 appears on a Ford Fusion in "White Collar".

References

Start a Discussion Discussions about License Plates of Interest

  • Message from Janpet

  • plate numbers

    3 messages
    • Or NJ plates.. I've been wondering about that, too. But, if they did... we wouldn't have anything to put on the list :D
    • By law, they can't use a plate that has been issued so they have to clear each plate with the DMV (god, I would hate that job). They h...

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