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More States Monitoring Personalized License Plates

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This dilemma has kept us all wondering: Can I get what I want on my plates? Well, The answer is no. With the Vietnam Vet getting the “no” on his GOTUHAJI plates — that was talked about on John Boy & Billy yesterday morning — to an animal rights activist in Tennessee getting the “no” on her ILVTOFU plates raises questions.

Apparently, people trying to get “too creative” with their license plates happens a lot more than you might think. Check out this information from MSNBC:

Virginia may be the capital of vanity plate mischief. Personalized plates in the state cost just $10 more than regular license plates — compared with $94 in Illinois and as much as $395 for a seven-character “Freedom” plate for one year in Texas. One million of Virginia’s 7.8 million vehicles have them.

In 2009 alone, the state denied more than 700 plate requests including IHAV2P and IAMHIGH along with 100 requests beginning with the letter “F” and myriad proposals involving the number “69,” according to state documents.

Questionable formulations are so common that a 20-person committee of motor vehicle staff members meets for an hour each month to review suspicious applications. State guidelines ban deceptive plates with letters such as FBI or confusing configurations like O0O0O and NOTAG as well as excretory, sexual, racial or drug references.

The question remains: Do we get mad when we get turned down for personalized plates even if it isn’t bad or offensive? Or do we keep on trying to do what we do and personalize our plates until they say no?

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