GOBK2CA: Nevada vanity plate for ‘Go back to California’ revoked by DMV

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RENO, Nev. (AP) — A revoked Nevada license plate that was meant to “drive away” Californians is getting one last chance to go back on the streets.

The plate — which reads “GOBK2CA,” short for “Go back to California” — was recalled by the state Department of Motor Vehicles in May after it received a complaint, KOLO-TV first reported. 

The vehicle owner filed an appeal and a hearing was held on Wednesday. Now he must wait for a judge’s decision.

The owner, Adam Steelman, told KOLO he’s has had the license plate for the last 19 years, but it was recalled by the DMV after somebody complained. 

A section of the Nevada Administrative Code applied to the recall prohibits defamatory references to a person or group.

“In this case, the defamed group is Californians,” DMV spokesperson Eli Rohl told the Las Vegas Review-Journal. He adding that the department “regularly” turns down license plates that share the same message.

A special license committee meets every Monday to review reported license plates, before determining which ones violate Nevada statute.

The DMV reviewed more than 700 license plates from July 2022 to early March. Denied license plates include the puzzling “GGGGGGG,” the overly rude “U 1D1OT” and many no-so-subtle allusions to profanity, according to KLAS-TV in Las Vegas.

Central Oregon Daily News contributed to this report.


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