New York state has rejected more than 5,000 requests for vanity plates since 2010 and permanently banned nearly 2,000 more, according to an amazing story published today by Syracuse.com’s Marnie Eisenstadt.

Eisentadt notes:

“The list of plates that have been rejected over the past five years is 112 pages long. It is the stuff that makes mom cringe and 12-year-olds giggle. From IPOOP to DAMMSTR8, JERKY to RECTUM, the list is a guide to what can get a kid a detention. …

Then there’s subjectivity: “the plates cannot be, in the discretion of the commissioner, obscene, lewd, lascivious, derogatory, to a particular ethnic or other group, or patently offensive.”

You can read Eisentadt’s full story here: “In New York, you can’t have these 6,942 dirty vanity plates (search for banned licenses)


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Jeff Stein

Jeff Stein is the founder and former editor of the Ithaca Voice.