ACLU objects to BMV’s request regarding vanity plate program

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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – The ACLU is objecting Indiana’s Bureau of Motor Vehicles request that a judge reconsider an order to immediately reinstate the vanity license plate program. It’s a story I-Team 8 has been tracking since the program was suspended last July. A judge said the BMV had no formal regulations in place for evaluating the content of vanity plates.

The BMV argued a Marion County judge was wrong to rule the denial of a Greenfield Police Officer’s plate request as unconstitutional. That plate read “OINK” next to a Fraternal Order of Police logo.

The judge ordered the agency create standards that meet constitutional requirements within six months. But the BMV says the order would force the agency to issue plates some might consider offensive.

Now that the ACLU has filed an opposition to the BMV’s motion to correct error, a judge has 30 days to issue a ruling.

You can read more in the court documents below. The BMV says they will let their attorneys respond to this latest filing during the next court process. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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