Illinois Rejects Hundreds of Obscene License Plates in 2023


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SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois Secretary of State’s Office, headed by Alexi Giannoulias, has rejected 304 vanity and personalized license plate requests this year for being obscene or defamatory. 

The office, which received a total of 54,768 requests, denied plates deemed offensive or difficult to read. Notable rejections included EATBUTT and MILFS. Giannoulias emphasized the need for plates to meet standards of good taste and decency, stating that all lewd or offensive requests are permanently barred. The office, responsible for reviewing each plate request, follows Illinois Vehicle Code, which authorizes rejection of plates offensive to good taste and decency. 

Most rejections were for profanity or crude language, while others, like XKXKKXK, were denied for being hard to read. Currently, over 7,674 plate combinations are on the rejection list. Illinois vehicle owners can use the Pick-a-Plate feature on the Secretary of State’s website to check plate availability. The state has 811,351 vehicles with vanity or personalized plates.


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