Alaska DMV Investigating Case of '3REICH' License Plate

'FUHRER' was also recently spotted in Anchorage
By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2021 2:48 PM CST
Alaska DMV Investigating Nazi-Related License Plates
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You're stopped at a traffic light and see a vanity plate that catches your eye. That's what happened to Matt Tunseth in Anchorage, Alaska on Friday, though it may have seemed more like he was in 1940s Berlin. The plate in front of him read "3REICH," and he snapped a photo and tweeted it. On Monday Department of Administration Commissioner Kelly Tshibaka confirmed that her office had fielded complaints about the plate previously, and that the DMV recalled the plate in early January. The AP reports the owner would have received a new regular plate and been informed that it was illegal to use the "3REICH" plate. Tshibaka noted that a plate reading "FUHRER" was recalled in December, two months after Anchorage attorney Eva Gardner says she emailed the Alaska DMV asking them to recall the plate, per the Daily News.

Tshibaka wrote on Facebook that she is "ordering a review of DMV guidelines and processes to determine how these plates were issued." But it's not a closed book. Jamie Allard, a member of the Alaska Human Rights Commission appointed by Gov. Mike Dunleavy, weighed in, writing that "If you speak the language fluently, you would know that the English definition of the word"—"reich" in German translates to realm, Allard said, and "fuhrer" to leader—"the progressives have put a spin on it and created their own definition." She said she is "not for banning free speech." A rep for the governor says Allard has since been removed from the commission. (More vanity plates stories.)

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