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Virginia vanity plates elicit complaints

Aaron Lee of the Lynchburg (Va.) News & Advance used FOIA to obtain complaints to the state department of motor vehicles about vanity license plates that had been issued to Virginia drivers, as well as subsequent correspondence between the DMV and the plate holders. The story reveals a host of complaints against many of the vanity plates and detailed the process plate owners are faced with to keep their plates if they appeal. The News & Advance also discovered a surprising lack of oversight by the state when it came to issuing many plates in the first place.

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