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Marty thinks the DeLorean's OUTATIME vanity plate is all that's left of the 'disintegrated' time machine and Einstein.


The DeLorean's futuristic-looking barcode license plate.

"Then [after the DeLorean time machine had disappeared], a tiny, metallic sound, tinkly in quality, echoed across the lot. His fingers trembling, Marty zoomed in to the object. / It was the DeLorean's license plate, a vanity plate that read: OUTATIME."
—From Back to the Future by George Gipe (quote, page 50)

License plates were identification tags for vehicles in the 20th and 21st centuries.


Two license plates appeared on the DeLorean time machine:

Other license plates seen on-screen were (in order of appearance):

Note: The above listing refers only to vehicles driven by the main characters in the movies and/or members of their families.

Although California law in 1985 required that a car have two license plates (one for the front and one for the back), some cars — including the DeLorean — only displayed the rear plate. Marty's truck had a front license plate when he opened the garage door on Saturday morning, October 26, but he apparently removed the front plate before he drove the truck the next morning.

Both the 1985 vanity plate and the 2015 barcode plate fell off the DeLorean. In each case, the plate landed upright, on one of its corners, and spun around for a while after falling off. The vanity plate fell off after overheating during the first temporal experiment, and spun on the parking lot of Twin Pines Mall. The barcode plate came off when the DeLorean was destroyed by the impact of being struck by the Alco S6 locomotive; the plate landed on the track after the train had passed, and continued to spin.

Behind the scenes[]

  • License plates are known as number plates or registration plates in the U.K.
  • The OUTATIME vanity plate bears the date stamps AUG and 86. (The 86 sticker also bears the California state abbreviation CA and the identification number N 52654.)[2]

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  1. As seen in main photograph on page 93 of Back to the Future: The Ultimate Visual History.
  2. OUTATIME Back to the Future Replica License Plate at Super6props (see External links below)

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