DNYD PL8S: 100 license plates you won't see on Wisconsin roads
Jun 05, 2014 05:13 PM
By state law, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is responsible for making sure Wisconsin license plates don't have "connotations offensive to good taste or decency."
This job falls to the Special Plates Unit, a division of the DOT's Bureau of Vehicle Services.
Action 2 News obtained a list from the Special Plates Unit containing hundreds of personalized registration plate messages you won't find on the road.
Unit employees have to be as creative as the people requesting the plates: They have to figure out numbers in place of letters or alternative letter combinations, obscure references, and messages that are only seen when the plate is read backwards or upside-down.
There are no statistics on how many personalized plate requests are rejected. Special Plates Unit Supervisor Jill Reeve explained the unit doesn't keep records because by law there is no process to appeal, so the decisions of the Special Plates Unit are final, and since people are asked to request up to 3 messages at a time the Special Plates Unit moves on to the next request.
But Reeve tells Action 2 News the majority of personalized plate requests are denied simply because those plates were already issued to someone else.