Application for 'FMUSLMS' license plate says it's the name of a band


The Minnesota Department of Public Safety has released the application for a controversial personalized license plate that has made headlines across the country.

A photo of the Minnesota license plate that reads "FMUSLMS" was posted online over the weekend after being spotted in St. Cloud, and was quickly brought to the attention of the Department of Public Safety (the agency that oversees the Department of Vehicle Services), who said the license plate should "never have been issued," calling it "offensive and distasteful."

The Department of Public Safety has now released the original application for the license plates, showing the driver got his first choice for his personalized plate.

His other options were "PETALOL" and "8LUGTHG."

In the "explanation of choices" section on the application (which must be completed or the plates won't be issued), it says: "name of musical bands he is in (all three choices)."

The plates were issued to a 1987 Chevy in June 2015, the application shows.

The Department of Public Safety has since revoked the license plates, with FOX 9 reporting the driver has surrendered them.

The agency has also said it is reviewing its process for approving personalized license plates and will "immediately provide additional review and oversight of applications."

St. Cloud is the hub of the state’s third-largest metro area, and in recent months there have been numerous reports about tension and incidents of Islamophobia in the city.

But since sharing the photo, Natalie Ringsmuth of #UniteCloudtold WJON they have seen a great response from people in the community, noting Minnesotans responded by calling and emailing the government, helping them get a "quick response."

Members of #UniteCloud also spoke with NBC News about the license plates, the growing Muslim community, and how Minnesotans reacted to the plates. Read the story here.

According to Pew Research Center there are about 3.3 million Muslims living in the US, a number that is likely to double by 2050.

A Pew Research study found Muslims are one of the most negatively viewed religious groups in the U.S.

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