Maryland bans about 5,000 vanity license plates

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BALTIMORE, MD —  The list of vanity license plates that are rejected by the state of Maryland grew last year.

The Motor Vehicle Administration says they rejected about 4,900 vanity tags in 2016.

The state has a list called “Objectionable Plate List,” and it points out all dirtiest combinations of letters and numbers.

The Baltimore Sun reports under the current state law, MVA officials can deny vanity tags for several reasons including requests that contain curse words, epithets and obscenities. Officials can even reject requests even when the words are disguised by different spellings and substituting of numbers for letters, and vice-versa. And tags containing messages about race, ethnicity, religion, sexual orientation or disability are also rejected.


Vanity plates cost $50 per year. Requests are checked against the objectionable list, and they usually take about four to six weeks to be received.