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Is your vanity license plate banned in D.C.?

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Getting a politics-themed slogan on a vanity license plate in Washington, D.C. may be harder than you think.

According to the official list of banned D.C. plate combinations, it may take some extra creativity to get your idea accepted by the city's meticulous censors. The capital city's DMV has a 53-page list of 26,993 license plate no-no's that prohibit everything from praising the local baseball team to expressing disgust with the Internal Revenue Service. The list was made available through a Freedom of Information Request filed by the transparency website GovernmentAttic.org.

Are you a liberal who wants to stick it to the Republican Party? Too bad, "GOPSUX" isn't an option.

Sorry, Nancy Pelosi, no "GODEMS" for you.

Too bad libertarians, "RONPAUL, ""GVTSUX," and ANTIIRS" aren't allowed.

Want to show a little support for the Commander in Chief? Sorry, "OBAMA," "BARACK," and "OBAMA44" won't make the cut.

Tough luck America, even "FREEDOM" won't fly in the nation's capital.

And that's just the political plates. It doesn't begin to touch on all the obscene combinations banned by the D.C. government. We'll leave finding those to you! In the interactive below, see what you can get past the watchful eye of the DMV that licenses the president's motorcade.

As part of the FOIA request, the DMV declined to say how they compiled the list. Phone calls to the District of Columbia DMV were not immediately returned.

(Via Heard on the Hill.)

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