New Hampshire Man Challenges DMV Denial Of Vanity License Plate "COPSLIE"

| by Will Hagle

Anderson Cooper recently did a humorous piece about vanity plates, questioning the reasoning behind the denials or acceptances issued by officials working at the DMVs of various states. Anyone watching that video must’ve understood that a vanity plate that degrades law enforcement officials would not make it through government bureaucracy. It appears as if David Montenegro did not watch that video. 

Montenegro, a New Hampshire man who actually legally goes by the name “human” now, has sued his home state for denying him a license plate that reads, simply, “COPSLIE.” According to The Independent, Montenegro is challenging the state’s method of license plate approval or disapproval, which denies plates that “a reasonable person would find offensive to good taste.” 

The New Hampshire Civil Liberties Union has attached itself to Montenegro’s case, viewing it as a freedom of speech issue. 

“So if a person at DMV agrees with the sentiment, he gets the plate?” asked Chief Justice Linda Dawkins during one of the hearings. 

Throughout the hearings, Montenegro has remained blunt in his opposition to government bureaucracy, claiming that police officers forced to type his license plate into their system after pulling him over would be “the perfect situational irony.” 

The court — the highest in New Hampshire — has yet to make a decision as to whether or not Montenegro’s license plate was acceptable, and it's unclear if the decision is to have a wider impact on all future license plate approvals throughout the state.