We know that the DVLA have previously blocked some combinations of letters from being issued but in the America they have to look at cases on an individual basis. This is because the USA have a flexible registrations system where individuals can choose almost any combination of numbers and letters with a rigid format system. Imagine Kelly Coffman-Lee’s surprise when she was told her registration was x-rated. State officials in Colorado decided that 38 year old Coffman Lee’s suggestion, ‘ILVTOFU’ could be interpreted as an profanity. However, she insists that the plate represents her and her family’s love of tofu, a staple of the family as they are vegan.
Mark Couch, a spokesman for the Department of Revenue says, "We don't allow 'FU' because some people could read that as street language for sex."
This has caused such a stir that the story has even been reported on the famous liberal news and comment website The Huffington Post.