Rejected personalized (aka "vanity) license plates in 2013 (New Hampshire)

Shawn Musgrave filed this request with the Department of Motor Vehicles of New Hampshire.
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From: Shawn Musgrave

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the New Hampshire "Access to Government Records and Meetings" Statute (RSA Ch. 91-A), I hereby request the following records:

A list of all personalized license plate number applications that were rejected for the year 2013.

If available I am also looking for:

-The reason for the rejection of the personalized plate.
-The vehicle make and model.
-The City and County where the applicants vehicle would be registered.

I am NOT looking for any personal identifiable information such as first and last name, street number, street name.

I also request that, if appropriate, fees be waived as I believe this request is in the public interest. The requested documents will be made available to the general public free of charge as part of the public information service at MuckRock.com, processed by a representative of the news media/press and is made in the process of news gathering and not for commercial usage.

In the event that fees cannot be waived, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.

Sincerely,

Shawn Musgrave

From: Hilts, David

Mr. Shawn Musgrave,

I am writing to acknowledge receipt of your request under RSA 91-A dated May 7, 2014. You requested "A list of all personalized license plate number applications that were rejected for the year 2013." Additionally, "if available", you asked for "The reason for the rejection of the personalized plate"; "The vehicle make and model"; and "The City and County where the applicants vehicle would be registered."

I estimate that I will need approximately one week as the time reasonably necessary to determine the extent of the responsive, non-exempt material that could be made available for your inspection and copying. As such, I will be in touch on or before May 21, 2014 with a further response to your request.

David M. Hilts
Legal Counsel
Office of the Commissioner
New Hampshire Department of Safety
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
W (603) 227-4032
F (603) 271-0336

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by law. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited and may be subject to criminal prosecution. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify me by telephone at (603) 271-2791. You will be reimbursed for reasonable costs incurred in notifying us.

From: Hilts, David

Mr. Musgrave,

I have completed my review and have identified 81 pages of material responsive to your request, as stated in the thread below. The copying fee for this material is $1 per page, for a total of $81.00. The Department respectfully declines your request to waive the copying fee. Upon my receipt of your check made payable to "Treasurer, State of New Hampshire" in the amount of $81.00, I will forward these documents to you via email. Rather than the list you requested, I am providing copies of the rejection letters to you, redacted for information whose disclosure would constitute an invasion of privacy, pursuant to RSA 91-A:5, IV. RSA 91-A:4, VII does not require a public agency to compile, cross-reference or assemble information into a form in which it is not already kept or reported, and such was the case for the list you requested. The make and model of the vehicles for which the registrations were requested are confidential pursuant to RSA 260:14 The Driver Privacy Act.

David M. Hilts
Legal Counsel
Office of the Commissioner
New Hampshire Department of Safety
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
W (603) 227-4032
F (603) 271-0336

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by law. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited and may be subject to criminal prosecution. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify me by telephone at (603) 271-2791. You will be reimbursed for reasonable costs incurred in notifying us.

From: Shawn Musgrave

Mr. Hilts,

Thank you for your response, and apologies for my delay in responding. Can you clarify whether the documents you reference represent all vanity plate applications that were rejected in 2013, or a subset thereof?

-Shawn

From: Hilts, David

Shawn,

The Right-to-Know law requires only that agencies make available all responsive, non-exempt records for inspection and copying. There are actually 72 such records, not 81, that are available for inspection and copying, and they represent all of the non-exempt records that are responsive to your request. Therefore, your payment need only be $72.00, and I can forward the records to your attention.

David M. Hilts
Legal Counsel
Office of the Commissioner
New Hampshire Department of Safety
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
W (603) 227-4032
F (603) 271-0336

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by law. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited and may be subject to criminal prosecution. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify me by telephone at (603) 271-2791. You will be reimbursed for reasonable costs incurred in notifying us.

From: MuckRock.com

To Whom It May Concern:

I wanted to follow up on the following Freedom of Information request, copied below, and originally submitted on May 7, 2014. Please let me know when I can expect to receive a response, or if further clarification is needed.

Thank you for your help.

From: Hilts, David

Shawn,

I just received your check at the end of last week. I'll be providing the records to you this week via this email address.

David M. Hilts
Legal Counsel
Office of the Commissioner
New Hampshire Department of Safety
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
W (603) 227-4032
F (603) 271-0336

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by law. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited and may be subject to criminal prosecution. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify me by telephone at (603) 271-2791. You will be reimbursed for reasonable costs incurred in notifying us.

From: Hilts, David

Shawn,

Please find attached the 72 non-exempt, responsive records, pursuant to our correspondence. I trust this satisfies your request.

David M. Hilts
Legal Counsel
Office of the Commissioner
New Hampshire Department of Safety
33 Hazen Drive
Concord, NH 03305
W (603) 227-4032
F (603) 271-0336

This email and any files transmitted with it are confidential and are intended solely for the use of the individual or entity to whom they are addressed. This communication may contain material protected by law. If you are not the intended recipient or the person responsible for delivering the e-mail to the intended recipient, be advised that you have received this e-mail in error and that any use, dissemination, forwarding, printing, or copying of this e-mail is strictly prohibited and may be subject to criminal prosecution. If you have received this e-mail in error, please immediately notify me by telephone at (603) 271-2791. You will be reimbursed for reasonable costs incurred in notifying us.

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