Forbidden Texas License Plates in 2021: No, It Can’t Say…
We spend a lot of time and money on our vehicles, so it's understandable that you might want your license plate to stand out among all the random letters and numbers out there.
You have to admit, you do notice a personalized license plate when you see one.
License Plate Rules in Texas
Since 1965, we've been able to personalize our license plates in Texas. People even buy vintage number plates from auctions and pay a premium for them. However, there are limits to what we can put on those plates, due to state law. If you request a plate with the following, there's a good chance it will be denied:
- Foreign words
- Slang words or phrases
- Reverse spellings
- Spellings that may be considered objectionable or misleading
If the plate you choose gets rejected, you can try something else, get a refund for the cost of a personalized plate, or appeal. It usually takes about five days to do an application review.
Banned Texas License Plates
What's too rude for the road? Sometimes, the rejections are a bit puzzling. Last year, the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles rejected more than 6,700 personalized license plate requests.
For instance, the numbers '6' and '9' can't be used together, unless they are used in combination with the vehicle make, as in '69 CHEV'.
Some Examples of Denied Plates
According to an open records request by KVUE, here are a few of the denied personal plate applications during 2021:
Seems like these were pretty tame. Maybe 'STUDMFN' was too misleading.
Want more banned license plates? See the most recent ones here. You can also check any vehicle's history for free by entering the license plate at vincheck.info.