Declined Criteria based on Transportation Code and Administrative Rule:
Personalized plates are declined if the alpha-numeric pattern:
conflicts with the department's license plate numbering system
is currently issued by another owner
the executive director finds that the alpha-numeric pattern may be considered objectionable or misleading, including that the pattern may be viewed as, directly or indirectly:
indecent (defined as including a reference to a sex act, an excretory function or material, or sexual body parts)
a vulgarity (defined as curse words)
derogatory (defined as an expression of hate directed toward people or groups that is demeaning to people or groups, or associated with an organization that advocates such expressions)
a reference to illegal activities or substances, or implied threats of harm
a misrepresentation of law enforcement or other governmental entities and their titles
Application for a personalized plate is submitted (online or at the county tax office).
The following business day, TxDMV staff compiles a list from the department’s Registration and Title System. Plate patterns which meet the objectionable criteria are noted on the list.
The Section Supervisor reviews the list and makes recommendations/edits
Section Director reviews the list and makes recommendations/edits
Division Director or designee reviews the list for final approval
Declined alpha-numeric patterns are flagged in the departments system, preventing manufacture and making the pattern unavailable in the future.
Then reviewing the alpha numeric license plates the reviewers:
Look at the pattern right to left and left to right with regard to the department’s criteria. If the customer’s selection is declined they have three options:
choose an alternative number
receive a refund, or
appeal the department’s decision.
Plates are manufactured at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice and shipped to the county tax assessor-collector offices, and picked-up by the customer, the plates are linked and synced to their vehicle. If the customer applied for the personalized license plates through their local county tax office the county will provide the applicant a 60 day specialty plate insignia and the plates are mailed directly to the customer.
Objectionable Complaints from the Public: