With the release of new registration plates each year, the DVLA has the enviable task of finding the big raft of silly, rude and offensive combinations using the new ‘67 plate before creative motorists get their hands on them.

In past years, such classics as BU62 GER, ST12 OKE and SC12 OTM have made the banned number plates list, and now the latest additions have been given to Auto Express. Standout examples include: DO67 GER, BA67 ARD, OR67 ASM and DO67 SHT.

The list of no return

No number plate that has ever made the banned list has ever been removed and the DVLA has the power to force a driver to hand back a number plate if it is deemed to have slipped through the net.

Rude, silly and crude aren’t the only pre-requisites for a banned plate, the DVLA also includes anything that could be classed as racist, religiously offensive or drug related. Number plates with a political angle have also made the list, with EU16 OUT and EU16 GON removed, alongside any that end in BNP.

Private number plates are also under the purview of the DVLA, so anyone looking to sneak in a dirty joke for big bucks can think again.

Below is a collection of some of the most offensive plates banned by the DVLA, although it is not exhaustive.

DO67 GER BU62 GER SC12 OTM
PU15 SSY DR12 UNK LE61 ESS
BA67 ARD PA12 EDO OR67 ASM
AD13 CTS HE12 OIN ST12 OKE
P15 OFF JE12 KOF TE12 ROR
***2 LUT DO67 SHT PR15 SON
CR12 PLE MU12 DER SH12 HED
***2 PEW NA12 ZEE FA61 ***
AS62 OLE PE12 VRT NO13 ***
DR12 UGS TO62 SER RU13 BUM
FF12 TUS KO12 AAN LE12 ZER

The 2017 banned number plates list

Censors for the DVLA meet twice a year to decide with plates will be banned, with each new plate sequence offering up new and exciting ways to offend the general public.

A spokeswoman for the DVLA told Auto Express:

“There’s nothing scientific about it,”

“It’s all done by taste, and if some slip through the net and we get a complaint, we take the feedback on board.”

The list for 2017 stretches to 10 pages, although they probably aren’t all winners. Do you have a favourite number plate that has seemingly slipped through the cracks? Let us know on social media.