Saturday, June 14, 2008

NC Licence Plates

This is quite amusing.

Many state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) do checks on requests for personalised licence plates in order to ensure that plates are issued with no hidden foul or offensive language.

However, a certain letter combination seemed to have passed by the censor's eyes unnoticed.

In North Carolina, the licence plates are issued with a three letter combination, followed by a dash and four numbers (for example, MVY-3296). So imagine the amusement of the tech-savvy and text-message-addicted kids when they realised their grandmother had a licence plate issued to her that started with the letters WTF. They laughed at it, and had to explain to their grandmother what WTF means.

Needless to say, the woman was shocked and immediately wrote to the DMV about this. Now, she is amongst almost 10,000 people who will have the opportunity to receive new licence plates at no charge.

Here's another combination for which the DMV has issued recall notices: XXX.

It was a cute little story, tucked in amongst the harder news stories in today's News and Observer.

Read the story here. (At least, I believe you can do so for at least the next 14 days or so ...)


John C. Fowler said...

Do people who enjoy having WTF license plates get to keep them?

Here in Missouri, they're about to switch over to another new license plate format, and when they do, everyone will get new letter/number combinations (except for those who pay for personalized plates). I tend to make up phrases for the letters in my plates, too, so we'll see what I get this time.

Lyn F. said...

Hopefully, something relatively tame? :-)