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142Surprising Vanity License Plates Approved And Banned By DMV

Contradicting standards confuse motorists

The Department of Motor Vehicles decides vanity plates on a case by case basis, leaving many drivers confused by contradicting standards.

389New Jersey rejects 'ATHEIST' vanity plate for being offensive

Every state has different rules governing what can and can't be displayed on vanity license plates. Not only do they vary, but many are vague about what combinations of letters and/or numbers are acceptable, which forces the state to determine acceptability on a case-by-case basis. Remember the 'ILVTOFU' controversy of 2011? Or what about Georgia's rejection of gay-themed license plates?

192010 Woodward: Vanity plates that make you double-take

Custom license plates of the Woodward Dream Cruise – Click above for high-res image gallery

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