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Vanity license plates refused by Connecticut and Hawaii DMVs for vulgarity and other issues: report


Not all vanity license plates are approved.

A new report details the various vanity license plates rejected last year in the state of Connecticut. Unsurprisingly, many of the rejected plaque applications included some form of profanity, which is not allowed for vanity plaques.

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About 80 vanity plate applications were rejected by the Connecticut State Department of Motor Vehicles from October 2020 through September 2021. According to a new report from Connecticut Insider, the state received more than $ 50,000 in revenue from 962 vanity plate applications during this period.

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Of the discarded plaques, 36 contained some form of blasphemy. Variants of the phrase “f — you” were apparently common on the reject list. A rejected plaque was marked “MOMMYAF”.

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Other rejected plates included on this one mentioned “FARTYY” and another mentioning “YOUSUCK”.

The Connecticut DMV also rejected a plaque that read “IH8CT”, which would translate to “I hate Connecticut”.

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Vanity plaques are not allowed to include profanity, but they can be rejected for various other reasons. For example, references to ISIS or the Mafia are not allowed. Drivers are also not allowed to get a vanity plate that replaces the letter “O” with zero.

On January 10, Fox-affiliated KHON-TV in Hawaii reported that the city and county of Honolulu had refused applications for plates containing or alluding to profanity. Any attempt to use the letters “af” was also rejected.

In October of last year, Fox News reported that Maine had officially banned vulgar vanity plaques.

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Maine recently changed its rules regarding vulgarity on license plates.

Maine recently changed its rules regarding vulgarity on license plates.
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Until the recent rule change, the state had been unusually lax with its vanity plate regulations. For example, a pilot was able to get a plate with “FOCUS” except that the “O” was replaced with a “U” and the “C” was replaced with a “K”.

The Crown will begin recalling plates deemed vulgar, although it is anticipated that it will likely take some time before all of the vulgar plates are removed from the road.


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