Under state law, the Montana Motor Vehicle Division can refuse to issue any license plate containing “any combination of letters or numbers, or both, that may carry connotations offensive to good taste and decency or which are misleading or a duplication of license plates provided elsewhere.”
To help the government do its job regulating license plates, the MVD maintains a list of 4,212 plates that are banned from circulation. Most banned plates clearly deserve to be on the list. For others, the reason why they aren't allowed is far less clear.
Here are 17 apparently normal license plates that Montana has forbidden.
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All Kim wanted to do was tell the world that she rocks, but she can't.
Those poor people from Southeastern Asia must feel so discriminated against.
You shouldn't be drinking any martinis, neither shaken nor stirred, on the highway anyway, you spy you.
COUNTRY is fine, but COUNTY? No sir. Moderately sized political entities got the axe.
One would think that quite a few MBA grads from the U of M would want this one, but they can't have it.
Happiness? There's no happiness allowed on Montana license plates!
There are many hunters out there that would say the state is being too sensitive about this one.
"I wait for no one." This might be out of bounds if you're driving a car about to hit a pedestrian in a crosswalk, but it's tough to come up with another scenario in which this could be considered inappropriate.
A well-known acronym for the National Crime Information Center, searches for this acronym turned up little that could be considered offensive.
Some single letters are allowed, like 'L' or 'M.' Other's aren't. 'R' happens to be on the naughty list.
Montana has taken a stand against the British invasion and their rock music ruining the moral fiber of this fine state. It just so happens that this stand was taken several decades too late. Poor Ringo Starr.
Since those Oklahomans continue to refuse to come to Helena to face NAIA powerhouse Carroll College, Montana did the right thing and banned them from our license plates. Take that Boomer Sooner!
Make no mistake, Montanans hate Californians. So much so that we banned them from speaking in their ridiculous valley speak on our license plates. Totally.
We're not sure if this is a move against Nike, the game of basketball or both, but either way, SWOOSH is out.
Take note, Mother Nature. We don't want any of your fierce storms popping up on our license plates. Think of the children!
Perhaps in any other state banning this plate would make sense, but it's pretty obvious that in Montana this is a reference to the state's flagship university.
Hugs and kisses NOT allowed!
The Independent Record has compiled a database of the 4,212 banned Montana License plates and made it availabe for public use.
Access the database by visiting helenair.com/license-plates
Many of the plate numbers in this database contain words that may be offensive to some readers. Definite swear jar material. Discretion is advised.