When one California driver decided to be rebellious and do something to stir the pot, he got in line at the DMV and ordered a vanity plate. Based on what the letters said, no one at the DMV realized what was going on. They just raised their eyebrows and thought this driver was throwing away his hard-earned cash to buy a vanity plate that meant nothing.
But now that his Toyota truck is on the road, he has managed to slip past the stringent rules of the California DMV that prohibits vanity license plates from being “offensive or slang in any language.”
Check out what his plate says when you view it in the mirror now!
Besides not being allowed to use offensive words, people who buy custom plates can’t “interchange letters and numbers to look like other plates,” or “resemble an existing license plate.” He managed to bypass all the rules and get exactly what he wanted.
Plates can be personalized “with your own combination of letters, numbers, and other characters,” notes the state’s DMV. “Standard plates that are personalized allow for 2 to 7 characters. Other personalized license [plates can have] a varying number of characters based on what kind of plate you choose to personalize.”
California also offers special interest license plates, military plates, and historical plates. For example, the special interest plates help the state fund projects and programs. These include programs dealing with the arts, agriculture, firefighters, pets, child health, land preservation, and lots of other important causes.
Military plates pay tribute in the form of: Congressional Medal of Honor, Gold Star Family, Legion of Valor, Pearl Harbor Survivor, Ex-Prisoner of War, and Purple Heart. In addition California’s “Veterans’ Organization plates are available to anyone who wishes to order one to represent their pride in the nation’s military.”
Historical plates (antique cars) are also available “for motor vehicles that are of historical interest” so long as they were built after 1922 and are at least 24 years old.
New York issued the first license plate back in 1901. The state passed a law that required vehicle owners to register their motorcars with the state – thus the DMV was born.
The New York law required license plates to include “the separate initials of the owner’s name placed upon the back thereof in a conspicuous place, the letters forming such initials to be at least three inches in height.”
The man who had the first license plate was George F. Chamberlain.
California is not the only state having a problem with the “370h55V” vanity license plate. Texas recently revoked one man’s plate after they told him, “It has been determined that the personalization is offensive.”
Do you think that vehicle owners should be able to have offensive license plates? Or are these regulations good for the community?
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