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BMV’s Motion To Halt Judge’s Order On Vanity Plates Denied

Posted On July 17, 2014
This plate requested by Greenfield Police Sgt. Rodney G. Vawter was denied by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

This plate requested by Greenfield Police Sgt. Rodney G. Vawter was denied by the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles.

(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Indiana BMV is being ordered to immediately resume issuing vanity license plates.

The personalized plate program was stopped by the BMV earlier this year after a lawsuit was filed on behalf of a Greenfield police officer when the agency refused to renew his plate that said “0INK”. A tongue-in-cheek nod to a reference of police as “pigs” by some, the officer’s request had the blessing of the local Fraternal Order of Police.

On Wednesday, Marion County Judge James Osborn denied the state’s motion for stay while it appeals his May ruling that the BMV’s standards for evaluating requests for personalized license plates violates the First Amendment.

Osborn’s ruling means that the BMV should reinstate the personalized plate program immediately. However, the court battle is not over. The BMV sent notice to the Indiana Supreme Court on July 7 that it may appeal the ruling.

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