Feb 24, 2023 - News

WTF? License plates that sidestepped Iowa censorship

Illustration of the Iowa license plate with symbols implying a swear word.

Illustration: Allie Carl, Maura Losch/Axios

We recently wrote about license plates applications that were rejected last year β€” some because they were too raunchy for Iowa roads.

State of play: Our eagle eye readers sent pictures of a few that might have slipped by the state's censors.

πŸ™Š Filthy talk

  • STXNBLZ
  • D33ZNTZ
  • AZZ, the prefix of some state-issued plates.

πŸ₯Š Fightin' words

  • FAHQUE
  • EF NE, which our reader says is an f-bomb to the Huskers.

🧐 Risque

  • POLDNCR
  • PEENIE

Of note: The Iowa Department of Transportation's running list of 5,300+ banned license plates has some similar ones already on the list, including:

  • DEZNUTS
  • FAHQ
  • EFFOFF
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