You Can’t Put ‘Boobs’ on Your Personalized Licence Plate – WHY?!
There are a ton of great bumper stickers out there like the one that says "my other ride is your mom," and then there's "I'm only speeding because I have to poop," but when it comes to vanity licence plates, it gets pretty lame. Now we know why...
The New York DMV is out to stifle its drivers’ creativity. A recently-published list includes the many words and phrases that are banned from vanity plates due to their sexual or otherwise offensive content.
That's right, you're not allowed to use your license plate to telegraph to other drivers what an EZLAY you are. The same goes for HOOKER, VOMIT, CL1T and several dozen other very tasteful vanity plates that the state of New York has decided are permanently off-limits.
It looks like some poor soul with an eye for naughty words was forced to sit down and create a master list of all the phrases capable of offending other drivers. And it's used right on the front lines: The agency says it's meant to be "a guideline to the DMV employee who screens personalized license plate applications for offensive or objectionable words or phrases or messages."
And what a list it is: All conceivable spellings of the word "Cock" are banned, along with references to breasts (BOOBS and also B00BS), sexual acts (CO1TUS), menstruation (KOTEX), and, of course, Nazi stuff (WAFFENSS, NOJUDEN). There's even a little Yiddish: PISHER, P1SHER and ESSDREK ("It's shit") are all verboten.
It's disappointing, but it's the law, I guess. Look over the list now, and lessen the sting of rejection when the DMV says no to that PUBES plate you've had your eye on.
Just so you know, Colorado's vanity plate rules say only this... "The Department may refuse to issue any combination of letters or numbers that carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency, are misleading, or duplicate any other license plate." So you might be able to pull of a "10INCHDK" here if you're lucky!