Here's the full list of vanity license plates denied by South Dakota government
From Biden bashing to sexual innuendo, denial list shows South Dakotans are a creative lot
It might be speech, but it’s also in poor taste.
That could be the mindset of state employees in the South Dakota Department of Revenue Motor Vehicle Division (MVD), who’ve allegedly denied more than 30 percent of personalized plate applications that’ve come across their desks in the last five years.
That’s according to the American Civil Liberties Union, which last month threatened to sue the state if it didn’t retroactively approve vanity plate applications that had been denied in the last year based on “connotations offensive to good taste and decency” and to stop the practice going forward.
Since then, there’s been no movement. An ACLU spokesperson told The Dakota Scout Thursday the organization has not filed suit nor has it received a response from the state. Likewise, the MVD still isn’t commenting, citing potential litigation.
And though the ACLU declined to share the list of literature the state opted not to stamp on South Dakota license plates, The Dakota Scout obtained the list through a records request of its own.
Whether it be jabs at President Joe Biden like BDNSUX and FBIDEN, suggestive language like ID8MOMS and WETDRM or statements of faith like CHOFGOD or SATAN, South Dakotans aren’t short on creativity when trying to personalize their license plates.
Those were just a few of the 2,326 denials the MVD made going back three years, either due to readability, already being issued, conflicting with a plate series or being offensive to poor taste or decency, according to MVD policy. There’s also at least one disappointed Bon Jovi fan out there.
Below, paid subscribers can see the full list of vanity plates that didn’t earn approval from the MVD and the date which the applications were denied.
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