Unsociable Combinations

Unsociable and Confusing Plates

Tongue in cheek phrases can be harmless to some, however, we think it’s best to keep it appropriate to avoid offending other road users. KiwiPlates and the New Zealand Transport Agency have guidelines to follow when approving certain plate combinations and anything considered unsociable, confusing or offensive won’t be allowed.

This includes:

  • Plates that are offensive, derogatory, obscene or profane
  • Plates that promote violence,
  • Plates that discriminate or are bias 
  • Plates that contain a sequence of similar numbers and letters designed to confuse, or which cannot be easily identified. This includes arrangements of letters and numbers that can be inverted to make an entirely new combination.
    • Letters that cause confusions include H,W,M,N,S,X,I,O,Z. Numbers that confuse are 0,6,8,9. A combination that contains only these letter or numbers, may be rejected.   

KiwiPlates reserves the right to reject submitted plate orders deemed unacceptable.

We’re not totally humourless. If you have something fun and cheeky in mind but you're unsure if it's 'appropriate', give us a call on 0800 650 111 and we can have a chat. 


Still stuck in a gridlock? Give us a call on 0800 650 111, our creatives would love to help.

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