The DMV sees the plate as "profane, obscene or vulgar in nature."
Virginia's Department of Motor Vehicles has revoked a set of vanity plates that read "F.OSAMA" on the basis that they are "profane, obscene or vulgar in nature."
The plates have been registered to Rick Sanders for the last seven years. He applied for them as a way to display his patriotism after the 9/11 attacks. At the time the DMV approved the plates without asking any questions.
"I didn't want to offend anybody by it. I wanted people to realize that I don't want you to forget what those folks did to us," explained Sanders in an interview with ABC News affiliate WVEC.
A spokeswoman for the DMV did not comment specifically on Sanders' case, saying only that language changes over time. A statement posted on the DMV's website claims that it has the right to recall and cancel plates at any time.
To make matters worse for Sanders, his new DMV-issued license plate number is "6668UP," which he reads as "the devil ate you up."
"I'm offended by this," said Sanders. "I don't like anything with 666 on it."
The DMV told WVEC that the plates could be exchanged free of charge. Sanders will likely take that route for the time being, but he also wants to appeal the decision to revoke his "F.OSAMA" plate.