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Old 02-11-2013, 11:39 PM   #1
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Default Apparently modifying your license plate is completely legal in Virginia

So all of us who were paying attention probably noticed that the Virginia bill to allow removal of front license plates failed, and reportedly will never go anywhere. I was studying Virginia license plate codes, and found something unique - there is NO language regarding modification of license plates as long as the plate remains easily legible.
46.2-716. How license plates fastened to vehicle; altering appearance of license plates.


A. Every license plate shall be securely fastened to the motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer to which it is assigned:


1. So as to prevent the plate from swinging,
2. In a position to be clearly visible, and
3. In a condition to be clearly legible.
B. No colored glass, colored plastic, bracket, holder, mounting, frame, or any other type of covering shall be placed, mounted, or installed on, around, or over any license plate if such glass, plastic, bracket, holder, mounting, frame, or other type of covering in any way alters or obscures (i) the alpha-numeric information, (ii) the color of the license plate, (iii) the name or abbreviated name of the state wherein the vehicle is registered, or (iv) any character or characters, decal, stamp, or other device indicating the month or year in which the vehicle's registration expires. No insignia, emblems, or trailer hitches or couplings shall be mounted in such a way as to hide or obscure any portion of the license plate or render any portion of the license plate illegible.
C. The Superintendent may make such regulations as he may deem advisable to enforce the proper mounting and securing of the license plate on the vehicle.
What do I mean by this? Apparently the picture below is completely legal. I don't personally really plan to do this, but thought it was interesting.

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Old 02-11-2013, 11:42 PM   #2
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Did anybody say thats illegal??
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:13 AM   #3
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No, I suppose I always thought it was though Consider this thread me thinking outloud
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:36 AM   #4
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Glad I have AZ plates. VA has always posses me off with "their" interpretation of the F-ing law is no matter what the book says. Sorry dude.
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Old 02-12-2013, 12:39 AM   #5
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yes that is fine. i used to run my plate bent up like that to take up less space. i had multiple cops tell me it was fine as long as they could read it easily, which they could. virginia still sucks tho
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Old 02-12-2013, 07:46 AM   #6
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I had mine modified like that BMW on my '11 Sti. Just looked cleaner not hanging down so far.
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