Vanity License Plate

Inside the Law: What you can and can't get on vanity license plates

May 25, 2018 - 3:30 am
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By Amy E. Feldman, Judge Technology Solutions​

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- A Kentucky man has sued for his right to use a personalized license plate that says IM GOD. 

Well I'll tell you I wouldn't want to ticket that car. 

The Kentucky Division of Motor Vehicles had rejected his request for the license plate, saying it was not in good taste. 

I'll say. Could you be haughtier? I don't think so. 

The man sued for violation of his First Amendment rights. 

When can and when can't the DMV deny your vanity plate request? 

That depends on state law. Some laws ban certain plates to eliminate confusion with plates used on governmental vehicles like in New York, where you can't use FDNY or NYPD. And offensive words are almost always forbidden, as are references to drugs, alcohol, and firearms in most 
states.

But the DMV can't decide whether to grant it based on its thoughts about your religious beliefs, which is why the man will get to court and swear under oath (to himself maybe?) that he will tell the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth at the trial.