N.C. DOT rejects thousands of license plate names

The North Carolina Department of Transportation has banned thousands of license plates, according to an article from the Charlotte Observer. The Observer provided a comprehensive 26-page list of banned N.C. plates. The department rejects thousands of plates each year, and 2016 was no exception. But it is worth noting how many were highly politically-charged. Some examples include LCKHERUP, which references a popular “Lock her up!” chant at Donald Trump’s presidential campaign rallies. Others targeted at Democrats included 0BAMADIE and 0BAMALIE. There was no shortage of plates attacking Trump. Some included FTrump and RESIST45.

A DMV spokesman told the Charlotte Observer that a committee reviews the applications for vanity plates. The spokesman declined to explain the guidelines the committee uses to reject the plates.