HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. - A New York City man is excited to receive his "GETOSAMA" license plates in time for Christmas.

Retired NYPD officer Arno Herwerth said yesterday that he ordered the vanity plates in 2007 as a reminder that 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden remains at large.

The plates were delivered, but the state Department of Motor Vehicles quickly ordered them returned, saying the plates could be considered objectionable.

The Long Island resident filed a federal complaint, and the DMV relented in February.

Herwerth initially rejected the offer because the DMV wouldn't pay attorney's fees, but he eventually decided to settle the case.

He says the DMV was sending his registration overnight so he could put the plates on for Christmas. *