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Old 06-18-2000, 03:16 PM   #1
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Question Front License Plates

I wanted to know if you have to have a front licesne plate in your area. I recently got a ticket for running no front plate. When I called the DMV they said that it has to do with the photo-enforced traffic lights. They need to be able to see your plate in the photo. I have noticed that there are a few policemen on the board and I would appreciate any feedback. Is this rule enforced in all states? I see tons of people without their fronts on.
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Old 06-18-2000, 03:25 PM   #2
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I am pretty sure we are supposed to have front plates but I don't run with mine on so I guess it's not heavily enforced in my area I even park in a police station parking lot everyday and have never gotten any flack for it even when I have gotten pulled over I haven't had any problems with the cops. He was probably a stikler. Was that the only thing he pulled you over for?
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Old 06-18-2000, 03:27 PM   #3
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CO requires a front plate. Some cops let you get away with it, but some won't
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Old 06-18-2000, 03:28 PM   #4
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when I lived in TX it wasn't a law to have fronts. Maybe that's changed, but that was only 4 years ago (maybe it's local gov. thing?)
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Old 06-18-2000, 03:35 PM   #5
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My reasons for thinking we had to have one was because I have a few friends that work at the PD and they all told me to put the plate back on but I don't really know for sure.
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Old 06-18-2000, 03:52 PM   #6
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In pa we don't have that... I have about 5 front plates all REAL euro plates: Czech republic, France, Iran, and 2 UK. I change them once in a while or don't even put one on.... i think NY and NJ makes you have them.

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Old 06-18-2000, 05:33 PM   #7
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The law in California is that if you received two plates in the mail you put two plates on your car. So, for a trailer, you'll only get 1 plate, but with any car, you'll get two. I only put one on though because I have never had problems from cops . Let's hope nobody says anything.
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Old 06-18-2000, 08:20 PM   #8
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I put both stacked on the back, that way, if the cop really goes off on it, I can just pull the front and put it back on.
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Old 06-18-2000, 08:24 PM   #9
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In wisconsin you have to have front plates.
 
Old 06-18-2000, 08:32 PM   #10
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NC only requires one tag, but mine will soon have a firefighter tag on the front, imagine, a sport wagon with red/ white lights!

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Old 06-18-2000, 08:32 PM   #11
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NC only requires one tag, but mine will soon have a firefighter tag on the front, imagine, a sport wagon with red/ white lights!

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Old 06-18-2000, 08:34 PM   #12
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You have to have front plates here in Illinois... I've even gotten stopped for it before. I just took my front plate and modified it a little bit. Bent the useless section at the bottom over the backside (kind of a hem) and then bent it just below where it mounts so it leans way back into my bumper. Haven't had a cop say anything to me yet. *shrug*
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Old 06-18-2000, 08:36 PM   #13
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I got two plates in the mail, only put the one on in the back. No problems with cops yet and they look at me all the time. My neighbor has an Aurora and has had no front plate on for years and has never had any problems. Just leave it off and if they ask why its not on, say someone stole one of the screws and you can't drive with only one screw on the plate.
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Old 06-18-2000, 08:37 PM   #14
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Ohio requires two plates. About 1 to 3 percent of the perople don't use them anyway though... You can get a ticket, but probably only if you get pulled over for something else like speed.

I think tinted license plate covers are illegal here too, but a lot of people use those...

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Old 06-18-2000, 08:49 PM   #15
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In ny they are required front a rear, plastic covers of any kind are illegal. Usually you won't be pulled over for it, but the meter maids will ticket you for not displaying the front plate. Cops will use it as an "add on item" if you mouth off to him when he pulls you for another vioaltion. I put clear covers cause I have custom plates and don't want em getting scratched up (@$25 a pop for the plate + $25/year)

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Old 06-18-2000, 08:56 PM   #16
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PA does require only one, although I hear that's soon to change. NY and NJ both require two.
In any state that requires both front and rear registration plates to be displayed, a violation of that statute is considered a "primary offense", which means you can be stopped and cited just for that violation.
As an example, in PA the seatbelt law (for adults) is considered a "secondary offense", which means an adult not wearing a seatbelt cannot be stopped just for that, but they may be written a citation for it if stopped for another reason (speeding, red light, etc.) However, a child not wearing a seatbelt is a primary offense, with the citation going to the driver. (No, we don't write citations to children! )
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Old 06-18-2000, 09:07 PM   #17
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I know in MD it's required to have both plates. Found out the hard way right in front of my old house! The officer was cool about it though and insisted I put one on. Yes I put it on Boy the car looks so much cleaner without a front plate though...
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Old 06-19-2000, 04:54 AM   #18
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In MA need a front plate if you've got red & white plates, but if you have an older green & white plate you're ok for just the back one
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Old 06-19-2000, 05:20 AM   #19
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You only need the rear one in Florida
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Old 06-19-2000, 05:39 AM   #20
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U only need the rear in WV.

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Old 06-19-2000, 07:08 AM   #21
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Only one rear plate required in Delaware. The front spot is needed for the Beach Vehicle Access plate for surf fishing!
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Old 06-19-2000, 07:25 AM   #22
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Enforcement is spotty. When my folks moved from PA to Colorado, their spare car didn't have holes drilled for the front plates, and they never got in trouble. Later when I got the car and moved to Illinois, I drove around for over a year with the front plate under my seat. Never got in any trouble for it.

I think it's the sort of thing they'll use if they get you for something else or need as a pretext to check out your car.
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Old 06-19-2000, 07:51 AM   #23
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In Canada, you need both.....Every province I think...
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Old 06-19-2000, 07:55 AM   #24
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TX State Law Requires one on the front and rear of the car.
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Old 06-19-2000, 08:01 AM   #25
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Just remembered watching COPS about a year ago and they were in NY. Pulled a guy over because of no license plate on the front of his car or a rear tire. (Front wheel drive cars don't need both rear tires.) Anyway the guy had both plates on the back, because he said they didn't supply him enough screws for the front and back. Gave him a nice ticket for both.

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