Texas DMV Rejects Confederate License Plate

Barbara Schwarz
December 07, 2018 - 7:06 am
Texas Confederate Plate

DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles has put the kibosh on a specialty plate design that showed a Confederate soldier holding a Texas battle flag. 

The plate was proposed by the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and bore a striking resemblance to a specialty plate that benefits the Texas Bicycle Coalition Education Fund, also known as Bike Texas. 

In fact, debate centered on the similar design, and not on whether the place was appropriate to begin with.

The flag on both look a lot alike.  That group's Robin Stallings says "Plates have to be seen at the distance you look at them from another car, not up close.  So if you compared these two plates at a distance, they're very much alike."  He says the Confederate plate was confusing "especially since the Texas flag is not associated with the Confederate side in the Civil War."

Stallings adds his group wanted nothing to do with any controversy that could have been brought by the other plate.  He says the Confederacy "wasn't about state's rights and that's pretty much a re-writing of history.  It was about slavery and the Sons of Confederate Veterans, if they don't know that, they probably need to look at a fresh history book."

Three Sons of Confederate Veteran's members told the board the plate would raise money for scholarships and placing flags on Confederates' graves.  The DMV charges a $30 fee for a specialty plate. Of that, $22 goes to a selected cause.

In 2011, the DMV board rejected a plate bearing a Confederate flag from the Sons of Confederate Veterans.  The group sued and the case made it all the way to the US Supreme Court, where the board's decision was upheld 5-4