The Rhode Island Registry is looking for input from residents about what is acceptable to put on vanity plates. The request comes after a recent controversy in which a Scituate driver registered a plate with the letters "FK GAS." According to the Providence Journal Sean Carroll wanted that plate on his electric car to represent the words "Fake Gas." However the RI DMV recalled the plate claiming that it implied a four letter word and is in the process of revamping its rules about vanity plates.
The registry is asking for public comments about what is and isn't appropriate to put on plates, posting these questions in its website:
- What categories and types of vanity plate messages are appropriate for display? Please provide specific definitions for all categories and types.
- What categories and types of vanity plate messages are not appropriate for display? Please provide specific definitions for all categories and types.
(Examples include plates that bear profanity, sexual references, excretory references and "fighting words")
- Are there categories and types of vanity plate messages, including specific words, phrases, expressions, and configurations, that should be prohibited?
- If yes, please provide recommendations with specific definitions.
The DMV's website requests: All interested parties are invited to request additional information or submit written or oral comments concerning the proposed adoption until May 17, 2021 by contacting the appropriate party at the address listed below: Bradford S. Booth, Esq. Department of Revenue Division of Motor Vehicles 600 New London Avenue Cranston, RI 02920 firstname.lastname@example.org