Michigan rejected 21,000+ vanity license plates for being offensive

‘BONER4U,’ ‘EFTRUMP,’ and ‘F1STM3’ are among the vanity plate requests rejected by the state

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click to enlarge “WTFDUDE” is one of Michigan’s 21,000-plus rejected vanity license plates. - Courtesy of Michigan Secretary of State
Courtesy of Michigan Secretary of State
“WTFDUDE” is one of Michigan’s 21,000-plus rejected vanity license plates.

Imagine driving behind a car with a vanity license plate that reads “CUMBATH” or “UAHOE.”

Those were among more than 21,000 personalized license plates that the Michigan Department of State has rejected for reasons including being sexually explicit, offensive, or hateful.

Metro Times submitted a Freedom of Information Act request for all rejected custom license plates in 2022. Instead, the state sent us its full list of plates banned over the past decade or so because the system can’t sort by date.

Most of the denied requests involve sex, obscenities, or descriptions of drugs or alcohol.

A few take jabs at politicians, like “EFTRUMP” and “FBIDEN.”

Some appear to have been vetoed for simply being annoying or unreadable, like “11I11I.”

Many include dick jokes.

You can see a slideshow of some of our favorite rejected vanity plates mocked up on Michigan license plates, or read the PDF of all of the rejected plates that the Michigan Department of State sent us below.

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Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist who operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker,...
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