Order allows Virginia to recall license plates with Confederate flag

WASHINGTON — The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles can now recall and replace existing license plates that have Confederate flags with ones that comply with state law.

This according to a formal order from Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring on Thursday.

Last week, a federal judge in Danville decided the Commonwealth won’t be forced to issue Sons of Confederate Veteran’s license plates with the Confederate battle flag any more.

The heritage group won an injunction requiring it 15 years ago.

In Texas, a Supreme Court ruling found that the state should be able to turn down Confederate battle flag plates since license plates are government speech.

WTOP’s Max Smith contributed to this report.

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