COPSLIE


PDF copies of briefs filed in the trial court, briefs filed with the supreme court, the joint stipulations of fact, the trial court's order, etc. can be found here.

You can also view an obscene vanity plate sighted in Dover, NH.

A table of vanity license plates, indicating which ones have been forbidden by the New Hampshire DMV, can be found here. In order to allow the public to contribute to this list, a wiki version of it has been posted on Libertapedia.

You can also check for the availability of a vanity plate directly on the NH DMV's license plate check page.

As you can see, the DMV's decisions to allow or disallow vanity license plates are very often arbitrary and capricious. You'll probably be quite surprised by many of them.


Posted 2013-05-29:

The N.H. Supreme Court is soliciting briefs amicae for a free speech
appeal they're currently hearing.  Here's the court's announcement
(further information follows):

> THE SUPREME COURT IS SOLICITING AMICUS BRIEFS OR MEMORANDA IN THE
> FOLLOWING MATTER PENDING BEFORE THE COURT:
> 
> Case No. 2012-0624, David Montenegro v. New Hampshire Division of Motor
> Vehicles
> 
> The petitioner in this case applied for a vanity license plate from
> the New Hampshire Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) that would have
> read, "COPSLIE."  The DMV denied the request pursuant to a regulation
> prohibiting any vanity license plate that "a reasonable person would
> find offensive to good taste," reasoning that the request advanced an
> "accusation of moral turpitude."  Instead, the DMV issued the petitioner
> plates bearing his alternative choice of "GR8GOVT." The trial court
> upheld the DMV's action over the petitioner's challenge to the "offensive
> to good taste" standard as unconstitutionally vague and overbroad, and
> argument that the DMV's decision constituted unconstitutional viewpoint
> discrimination.
> 
> The court is soliciting amicus briefs or memoranda from interested
> persons on the following issue: In denying the petitioner's requested
> vanity license plate on the basis that a reasonable person would find it
> offensive to good taste, did the DMV violate his rights under Part I,
> Article 22 of the New Hampshire Constitution or the First Amendment to
> the United States Constitution?
> 
> A copy of the trial court's order is being posted with this announcement.
> Amicus submissions are due on or before June 24, 2013. Persons filing
> amicus briefs are expected to comply with the requirements of Rules 16
> and 17 of the Rules of the Supreme Court of New Hampshire. To assist
> the court, amicus briefs should focus on the ramifications of a decision
> and not solely on the interests of the parties filing such briefs.
> 
> Interested persons shall file an original and ten copies of their briefs
> or memoranda in the Office of the Clerk, New Hampshire Supreme Court,
> One Charles Doe Drive, Concord, New Hampshire 03301. The court will
> provide a copy of any amicus brief or memorandum to each of the parties.

This announcement and the trial court's order can be found on the NHSC Web site.

(For the benefit of those who aren't attorneys, N.H. Supreme Court Rule 16, Rule 17, and all the rest of the N.H. Supreme Court's rules can also be found on the NHSC Web site.)