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BMV To Review Personal Plate Requests "Case By Case"

Last updated on Thursday, November 27, 2008

(UNDATED) - The Bureau of Motor Vehicles has decided to let us use the name of god after all—reversing the new policy that had barred any mention of religion or a diety.

BMV Spokesman Dennis Rosebrough says the policy was "well intended and legally defensible." But he says Commissioner Ron Stiver has decided that "common sense" should rule.

Instead of an outright ban, a committee of BMV employees will weigh each request for a personalized license plate on a case by case basis. This reinstates the earlier policy which bars any request that "carries a connotation offensive to good taste and decency or would be misleading."

Rosebrough says the review that overturned the original policy was timely. But he says the legal staff may have been "too aggressive in adding clarity."

A 36-year-old Cambridge City woman filed a lawsuit when she wasn't allowed to renew her "BE GODS" plates that she has had for several years.

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