New Jersey Says No BIOCH Vanity License Plate

By Jason Beahm on May 24, 2010 | Last updated on March 21, 2019

A New Jersey woman was proud of a vanity license plate that had become her calling card. Wherever she would go, people knew her thanks to the word "BIOCH" on her license plate. The term, slang for b**ch, was a joke that according to the owner, was well received around her town of Manville, New Jersey. 

New Jersey woman fights for her 'BIOCH' license plates

The owner, Kim Romano, had the BIOCH personalized plate on her convertible for four years and never had any trouble, besides being pulled over on occasion because police believed it was a fake. The plate had become a source of pride for Romano that she was looking forward to holding onto. That is, until the Motor Vehicle Commission declared it profane and objectionable and demanded that Romano return it. 

Romano, 49, said she cannot renew her registration unless she returns the plates. Therefore, she has little choice in the matter, and she doesn't think that its fair. "It's not offensive," she told the New Jersey Real-Time News, "It's not even a real word."

However, according to the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission, anything derogatory, racial, vulgar or offensive is off limits on vanity plates. Romano is particularly troubled by the fact that the plates were originally approved. So what led to the ban against her BIOCH plates?

Apparently, a complaint from a retired police officer. "I know that the MVC Special Plate Unit would not intentionally issue a set of NJ license plates with profanity on them ... However, one of our NJ residents 'got over' by using slang terminology!"

However, it seems that Romano has quite a sense of humor, as she already selected a rather clever new vanity plate. The name?


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