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Private Companies Building Giant Unregulated Databases Tracking License Plate Location Info

Do you know everywhere your car has been in the past week? Month? Year? You may or may not remember it all, but there’s a good chance that your license plate has had its photo snapped, and its location recorded, a whole bunch of times in that period. And anyone who can pony up the cash for a subscription to that database can tell exactly where you’ve been. [More]

Judge Rules Against Indiana Bureau Of Motor Vehicles On “0INK” License Plate Rejection

Judge Rules Against Indiana Bureau Of Motor Vehicles On “0INK” License Plate Rejection

In the latest battle against seemingly arbitrary rules employed by many states when it comes to whether a personalized license plate is acceptable or not, a judge has ruled against the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles in a case involving an ex-police officer who was rejected when he tried to renew his “0INK” plate. [More]

NJ Driver Sues After State Rejects Her “8theist” License Plate

NJ Driver Sues After State Rejects Her “8theist” License Plate

A woman in New Jersey claims the state’s Motor Vehicle Commission is biased in favor of Christians after rejecting her request for a vanity plate that reflected her atheist beliefs while allowing plates that express a driver’s Christian identity. [More]

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Private Companies Are Scanning Your License Plate And Location, Selling The Data

When you hear the phrase “vast hidden network of cameras that scan license plates,” what do you think of? The police? The Department of Homeland Security? While the government and privacy advocates argue over government use of plate-scanning data, private companies are already collecting and selling that data with little regulation. [More]

Homeland Security Looking To Build Massive License Plate Tracking System

Homeland Security Looking To Build Massive License Plate Tracking System

In news that is both disturbing and not at all surprising, the Department of Homeland Security is currently asking private contractors to bid on a system that would create a National License Plate Recognition database that could allow various forms of law enforcement to track the movements of drivers, whether they are suspected of a crime or just going to buy a Big Gulp at 7-Eleven. [More]

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State DMVs Are Not Amused By Your Attempts To Get License Plates With Dirty Acronyms

It isn’t just license plates with clear messages that can get banned (and in one recent case, challenged legally) — each state’s Department of Motor Vehicles has a lengthy list of prohibited phrases it’s had to get hip to, including text speak. Because heaven forbid someone slip in a naughty word. OMFG, right? They’re onto us. [More]

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Man Sues State Of Georgia For The Right To Express His Sexuality Via His Vanity Plate

For many people, expressing who they are isn’t just a function of how they dress or act, but what their vehicle’s vanity license plate says. Maybe you rocked “DMBFAN” to show your love for a band or “CATSYAY” for you know, cats, but in Georgia, one man wanted to express his sexuality and is now suing the state for denying him that. [More]

You've Gotta Fight For Your Right To Make Vaguely Naughty Jokes On A License Plate

You've Gotta Fight For Your Right To Make Vaguely Naughty Jokes On A License Plate

Listen New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division, just because your dirty mind is taking a simple inside joke to a scandalous place doesn’t mean one man is about to give up on his ideal license plate. His plate reading “IB6UB9″ (we’ll wait while you figure it out… got it? Great.) was recently revoked because the MVD says it’s obscene. [More]

Delaware Drivers Getting Booted For Unpaid Tickets That Aren't Theirs

It can be annoying to get mail for your home’s previous tenant, or phone calls intended for a person who had your phone number years earlier. But when you get a new license plate from your state’s DMV, you don’t expect that you’ll have to answer for someone else’s unpaid parking tickets. [More]

California Environmental Nonprofit Says State Redesigned
License Plate To Cut It Out Of Royalties

California Environmental Nonprofit Says State Redesigned License Plate To Cut It Out Of Royalties

The California Coastal Commission unveiled a new license plate design featuring a whale’s tale tweaked slightly from the previous design, and an environmental nonprofit said the state did so because the artist who created the previous design asked for royalties to help fund the organization. [More]

Are Electronic License Plate Ads The Next Rage On The Road?

Are Electronic License Plate Ads The Next Rage On The Road?

Because we all know that the two things the world lacks these days are (1) advertisements and (2) car accidents, a California State Assemblyman has put forth a bill we kill both birds with the same 23-car pileup on the freeway by replacing our boring, non-revenue-generating license plates with fancy electronic ones complete with advertising. [More]

New York State Holds License Plate Fundraiser

New York State Holds License Plate Fundraiser

As part of an attempt to make up a budget shortfall, New York State is holding a huge fundraiser. No, not a bake sale: starting in April 2010, the state is forcing all car and tractor-trailer owners in the state to buy new license plates when they renew their registrations. And not just any license plates. Ugly license plates.

170 Bogus Tickets: Chicago Tests Ticketing Equipment With Your License Plate

170 Bogus Tickets: Chicago Tests Ticketing Equipment With Your License Plate

When I read the headline for this story (it didn’t mention Chicago), I bet myself a million dollars that the man had an Illinois license plate. I am now a millionaire. Or I will be as soon as I pay myself.