Unsociable combinations


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 Authority have guidelines to follow when approving certain plate combinations and anything considered unsociable, confusing or offensive won’t be allowed. 

KiwiPlates may reject a plate if it contains material that is objectionable and is considered to be, or has the potential to be:

  • obscene, indecent sexually explicit, sexually inappropriate, scandalous, violent, abusive, or insulting;
  • promoting or condoning behaviour that is harmful, unsafe, dangerous or contrary to prevailing community standards of health and safety;
  • inciting hatred or vilification;
  • discriminatory against, inciting hatred of or offensive towards a person or section of the community including on account of their culture, race, ethnicity, nationality, gender, age, sexual preference, religion, disability, mental illness or political belief or minority status;
  • unlawful, defamatory or otherwise in breach of privacy, intellectual property or other rights;
  • confusing, or not easily identified, as the plate contains a sequence of similar numbers and letters. This includes arrangements of letters and numbers that can be inverted to make an entirely new combination

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.