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Thousands Of Customized License Plates In Georgia Banned

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CHATHAM COUNTY, GA - Around 140,000 Georgia drivers want you to know a little bit about them. You can find their secret hanging on the back of their car if you can decipher their customized license plate.

Finding an unusual license plate has been a car game in Georgia since the '60s

"Some of them are like where did they come up with that?” said Sherry Buckman.

While some customized license plates may seem obvious like the one owned by Richard Holmes that says BIGSEXZ it actually has a hidden meaning.

"It’s a description of the car, the Camaro, being that they are a sexy looking car and that it's a little bit on the larger size as far as from the original first generation,” said Holmes.

Holmes said his tag was his wife's idea.

"It was just good honest fun. It kind of describes the car itself and nothing else you know,” said Holmes.

The trend of expressing something about your life in a limited number of letters and numbers is so popular that the Georgia Department of Revenue receives around 15,000 customized license plate requests a year.

“Less than 50 a year we reject for some reason and usually the reason is pretty obvious,” said State Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie.

Through the years the denied license plate list is up to more than 7,000. Requests range from the profane, obscene, and trademarked. Some examples include: H00KR, BARF, PETU, GETUSUM, MOONME, BIT3ME, and SUBWAY.

"Obvious stuff usually with the letters U and F not in that order with something after it is a big list of stuff we don't approve. If it disparages a certain group of folks we don't allow that as well. We don't really think that has a place on a license plate here in Georgia,” said MacGinnitie.

State Revenue Commissioner Doug MacGinnitie said they will also reject letters or numbers referring to criminal activity or that might breach the peace.

"The state tries to walk the line between allowing any speech to go on but also recognizing that there is certain speech that the state doesn't have to sanction,” said MacGinnitie.

With more customized license plates being approved than denied, it's a money maker for the state.

"The initial year that you get your vanity plate the total cost is $90. It costs $35 dollars to manufacture the plate and $55 for a couple of other fees. Every year after that you just pay the $55,” said MacGinnitie.

Last year, the state collected $9 million from drivers who received the green light. If your tag doesn't make the cut MacGinnitie said you can fight it.

"It’s appealed to three folks here at the department and all three look at it and only if all three people think that the plate should not be sent out is it not sent out. If one of those people think that it's appropriate then we go ahead and issue it,” said MacGinnitie.

The owner of BIGSEXZ said he didn't have a problem scoring his license plate but he does have a lot of explaining to do.

"Even with church I haven't had anything negative because I always describe it's the car it’s not the driver it's the car,” said Holmes.

If you would like to see the approved plates click here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/233396821/Active-Vanity-Tags

If you would like to see the denied plates (warning some of these may be offensive) click here: http://www.scribd.com/doc/233394984/Denied-Vanity-License-Plates

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