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BMV Suspends Personalized License Plate Program

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles say the decision is the result of a pending lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the department's program.

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The BMV says it is suspending its personalized license plate program starting at 6 p.m. on Friday.

The Bureau of Motor Vehicles is suspending its personalized license plate program.

“The program has come under scrutiny as a result of a recently filed class action lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of certain aspects of the PLP program,” BMV Commissioner Scott Waddell said in a statement. “In response, BMV is suspending the PLP program pending the outcome of the litigation.”

The ACLU filed a class-action lawsuit in May on behalf of a Greenfield policeman whose license plate on his personal car read “0ink.”

As the Indianapolis Star reported, the BMV revoked the plate.

“After allowing Vawter to use the plate for three years and renewing it in March of this year, the BMV sent Vawter a letter in April revoking his use of the plate and supplying him with a paper plate pending issuance of a new one, the lawsuit states. BMV officials described the plate as “containing offensive or misleading content,” the lawsuit states.”

The laswsuit named BMV Commissioner R. Scott Waddell as the defendant.

The suspension of all new personalized license plates took effect at 6 p.m. Friday. The BMV says people who already have a personalized license plate will be able to both keep and renew them.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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  • Jim

    Well once again, the aclu has ruined it for a lot of people. Get a life!!!!!

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