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Did you know that the DC DMV has a 68-page list of banned license plates? 

The list, obtained via FOIA by Government Attic, contains some obviously inappropriate combinations related to profanity, alcohol, drugs, or sex.  However, some other prohibited combinations leave us wondering why they’re banned at all.

For example, Kramer from Seinfeld would be sad to learn that “ASSMAN” makes the list of banned plates.  And, if you’re a fan of Barack Obama, have a flare for dancing, or like N.C. State or Doctor Who, you’re gonna have to get more creative. Here are some other innocent-sounding (to us, anyway) plates that you can’t get in DC:

  • ABNORML
  • ALLCITY
  • BARACK
  • CATMBL
  • CHEF
  • BETTY
  • CANUCK
  • DANCE
  • DETROIT
  • EMILY
  • GAYGUY
  • NCSTATE
  • OBAMA
  • SPECIAL
  • TARDIS
  • TIM
  • WAGTIME
  • WOLFPCK

The full 68-page list of DC DMV’s naughty license plates can be found here: http://www.governmentattic.org/7docs/DC-BannedPlates_2012.pdf

If you’d like to try and get a personalized license plate, the DMV’s website makes it easy, as long as it’s not banned: http://dmv.dc.gov/node/231792.

Thanks to DCist’s Martin for letting us know that DCist published the full list of personalized tags in DC last March: http://dcist.com/2012/03/_so_what_does_a.php