May 16, 2022

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The Car & Automotive Devotees

Indiana BMV rejected 752 vanity license plates in 2021

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. — Unbeknownst to Indiana motorists, a thin red line prevents drivers from seeing vehicles with license plates such as “yoda666” or “D00BIE” on their commute.

It’s called the personalized license plate review committee with the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

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The 40-plus member committee consists of Indiana BMV workers who accept or deny requests for personalized vanity plates based on pre-established criteria set forth by Indiana state code. Melissa Hook, communications director for the BMV, said workers may reject a plate submission if it:

  • Carries a connotation offensive to good taste and decency
  • Would be misleading
  • The bureau considers it improper

Plate requests are assigned to workers randomly, who examine both the text of the submission itself as well as an image of how the plate would appear.

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“If a plate is denied, the individual requesting the plate is sent a letter and instructed how to request a new plate with personalization, request an appeal hearing, or request a standard plate,” Hook said.

Customers looking to request an administrative hearing, Hook said, must do so through the Indiana Office of Administrative Law Proceedings.

Hook said in 2021, there were 54,118 plate requests submitted to the BMV and 98.6% of those requests were approved.

Plenty of others, though, were rejected.

Through a Freedom of Information Act request, the Courier & Press obtained a list of all the rejected plate submissions collected by the Indiana BMV in 2021.

The rejected plates

It’s easy to see why most of them were denied. They run the gamut from toilet humor (“I POOPED”) to the profane to the demonic (“4SATAN”). 

https://www.courierpress.com/story/news/local/2022/03/24/indiana-vanity-license-plates-rejected-personalized-bmv/9322367002/