WARNING: This story contains foul language.
Personalized licenses plates often catch drivers’ eyes on the road.
But the Idaho Transportation Department deemed dozens of them too inappropriate for the public last year.
ITD rejected 189 personalized license plates in 2018, according to a public records request filed by KREM 2.
The only rules for getting a personalized plate in Idaho are the following:
- Personalized plate text must be tasteful (in any language).
- Plate choice must contain at least one alpha character (letter) and have no punctuation. The letter 'O' and the number '0' look the same on a license plate. Therefore, your choice may not be available if the other character is already in use on an existing plate.
- Spaces are allowed anywhere in the plate choice but do consume available spacing.
Most of the rejected plates violate that first rule of tastefulness. Many contain curse words, spelled in a variety of different ways. Some also reference drug or alcohol use and sex.
Here’s a list of all the reject plates in 2018: