Taboo License Letter Combinations in Germany

The Beau has to register his automobile in the new county, which means he’ll get new license plates. The number must begin with the county code (in our case, LL, for Landsberg am Lech) but the rest of it (two letters, a few numbers) can be of one’s own choosing, for a small fee. The online request page makes sure you are aware of the following:

ausgenommen sind jedoch die unzulässigen Buchstaben-Kombinationen HJ, KZ, NS, SA, SS.

These two-letter combinations are still a little too, um, Nazi.  If your name is Natalie Schmidt or Kurt Zimmermann, you’re out of luck, no monogram for you.

Does your area have certain letter combinations which are not allowed for license plates?

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9 Responses to Taboo License Letter Combinations in Germany

  1. Carlisle says:

    I once saw a Pennsylvania vanity plate that spelled MERDE – which I’m sure a DMV bureaucrat would have prohibited if only s/he’d known French.

  2. Marcellina says:

    I am waiting for someone from Stuttgart or Salzburg (where the plates begin with S, in Germany an Austria, respectively) to use the newly adopted word S-HITSTORM.

    Which reminds me, it took a long time for me to see the on-sale designation PREISHIT (price-hit) without raising eyebrows…

  3. Anonymous says:

    In Stuttgart “Sex” and “Sau” are pretty common 🙂

  4. Marcellina says:

    Someone in Innsbruck has I – WILL 6! (“I want sex”)

  5. paschberg says:

    Interesting: e.g. an Aaron Hyman, or an Albert Huber, 88 years old, or a Hannah Höch would have no Problem – but the last name initials-namesake also had no real problems in Landsberg, more what we would call today “some months on retreat” 😉
    and NSA-Agents wouldn´t declare themselves on their licence plates, would they? 😉
    😉 explicitely wirtten, because this topic is somehow especially here humor-free-zone.

  6. Marcellina says:

    I did once see DHS on a license plate in Pennsylvania, but could not tell if it stood for Department of Homeland Security or Downingtown High School…

    Here some “verbotene” license plate combinations in Alabama (where the University football team is the most important thing on Earth):

  7. weltbeobachterin says:

    in Rohrbach (with) RO – there are lots of Roberts, and Romans. as a license plate.

  8. Marcellina says:

    But would they allow RO-MMEL? 😉

  9. Stu Savory says:

    The first letters before the dash state the locality, then there are 1 or 2 letters then 1-4 digits which you can usually choose, except for me, ‘cos I’d want a Nazi exception

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