Florida Custom License Plates That Have Been Approved and Rejected
GAINESVILLE — If someone wants to get a personalized Florida state license plate, it’s best to get creative and avoid offensive language — and don’t try “WANKRR” because it’s already been rejected .
Florida drivers have a lot of leeway when it comes to personalized license plates. They can be used to describe themselves or a vehicle and can sometimes be humorous to other drivers on the road. But for the most part, it’s a crapshoot for those unfamiliar with the rules.
Over the past three years, Floridians have requested more than 1,000 personalized license plates, records achieved by The Gainesville Sun show, a large majority of which were rejected.
Plates like “SXY GRMA” were given the green light by state officials, while “FARTMAN” was left in the virtual trash can.
Offensive or objectionable plates are often rejected by the state. “DOO DOO” and “UID IOT” were unsuccessful, unlike the more telling claims “I GOTA P” and “MO STIKY,” according to the state’s listing.
Plates with phrases like “GET SOME” or “MCNASTY” worked. While “OH FARTS” and “MR POOP” were blocked.
“Requests for personalized license plates received by the department with obscene or objectionable words will be rejected,” said Jessica Kelleher, assistant director of communications at the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicle.
The state rejected 275 personalized plates from 2013 to 2018, The Gainesville Sun reported in 2018. But over the past three years, the state has denied 790 requested plates, according to data from a public records request.
The coronavirus pandemic has coincided with a sharp drop in claims, according to the state’s list. While over 1,000 plate applications were received in 2019, only around 250 were submitted in the following two years combined. During the same period, only four personalized plates were approved.
“GETU5UM”, “FREEAZ” and “POOBLIX” were initially rejected, but after further review, they were canceled and approved. “SATN LVS” is the only personalized plate since 2020 to be approved during the initial review.
A driver expressed his frustration with the pandemic, applying for “FUCOVID”, but this plate was rejected. Other submissions became political with “FUBDN” and “FTR UMP”, which of course were rejected.
Personalized plates are first reviewed by personnel at local tax offices and state motor vehicle offices. Other submissions are reviewed by the FLHSMV Inventory Control Unit.
“Anyone can contact the FLHSMV or the local tax collector’s office to file a complaint if they come across an obscene or objectionable plaque,” Kelleher said.
If a requested plate has a curse word, such as “HELL NAW”, it is immediately rejected. A reference to the curse, such as “HELYAZ”, was accepted during initial review, but was overruled and recalled.
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It is clear from examining the list that drivers are becoming more aggressive with their demands. “V10L3NT”, “KRZYBCH”, “KDNAPPR”, and “HOMICDL” got the axe. However, “5ICKO” and “DA BULLY” have made their way.
Most plaques referring to law enforcement were rejected because state law prohibits citizens from impersonating law enforcement. Plates like “CIA BABY”, “FBI-19” and “RET FBI” were rejected. A plate, however, with a more vague reference to the police – “WUZFUZ” – was accepted.
Personalized license plates are different from specialty tags, which show support for a wide range of organizations that include environmental causes or support for military veterans or colleges.
Specialized tags can also be personalized using four to seven numbers or letters, although there is an annual surcharge of approximately $53 per vehicle.