Rejected personalized (aka "vanity) license plates in 2013 (Vermont)

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

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Vermont public records law (1 V.S.A. ยงยง 315-320), 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, 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.


Shawn Musgrave

From: Colbeck, Christine

In response to your email of May 7th, could you be more specific as to what information you are looking for? We do not keep track of each rejected request, as most of the rejects are due to someone already having the requested plate or having too many numbers or letters. This is usually remedied with a quick phone call or letter to the requester. We do occasionally deny due to a vulgar or sexual innuendo. Our requirements are clearly stated in the instruction area of the form which is available on our The form number is VD017. We are currently holding 9 denial letters from 2013. Each consists of 2 to 3 pages and the fee is $6.00 a page. Thank you for your interest.

Christine Colbeck
Vermont DMV
Mail Processing Supervisor


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