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core 05-13-2002 08:51 PM

Front Plate
Hey, is it legal not to have a front license plate? i noticed that a lot of you dont.. or you guys just take it off to take pics? :tongue:

Karl 05-13-2002 09:03 PM

In California, the number of plates you have to mount on a vehicle is determined by however many they send you when you register it. Thusly, everyone with a regular car gets 2 plates, and it's against the law to mount only one, or have the front one in the windshield (it's too high and not perpendicular to the road), etc. etc. Don't know how it is in NY.

XeetBMW330ci 05-13-2002 09:05 PM

In Michigan there is only one on the back required... I am moving to Mossouri where the front is one required, but I don't plan on putting one on. (I will risk it until my first ticket) I also plan on filing my company as a car dealership, in which case it will be legal for me to have only one plate. Retarded huh!!

DropTopBM 05-13-2002 09:19 PM

Your in New York right? Well its illegal for you to drive around without a front tag.... I had mine off for 2 weeks and I never got pulled over for it.... I dont think I ever will...... But if I get pulled over for lets sayyyy, running a stop sign, and the cop notices its missing, he can write me up.... Also, if you get a ticket by one of those fake *** cops who write tickets, they will defenetely write you up..... But so far I have been pulled over 2 times and the cop didnt even notice...

But the law says that you have to have a front plate

01BMW3Coupe 05-13-2002 09:32 PM

im in jersey, and we're required to have one, but i never put one on. funny story, when my car was shipped here, it was accidentally sent to a dealership in Massachussetts......up there, a front plate is not required. besides, my salesman always forgets to order me a bracket so i say screw it! i've been warned by a cop to put one on.....but that was while being pulled over for doing 62mph in a 40.

bender 05-13-2002 09:46 PM

In texas your supposed to have a front plate, but someone told me thats only if your car has a spot to put one...That sounds like bs, but my car doesn't have the bracket(its still wrapped in the plastic inside my trunk) What if you do a Euro plate with non matching numbers? is that an issue?

ism409 05-13-2002 09:53 PM

What is the ticket in Jersey for no front plate?

01BMW3Coupe 05-13-2002 10:16 PM


Toli 05-14-2002 12:24 AM

in massachusetts if you have the new red plates your required to have two. but if you have the old green ones that arent issued any more only one is required. when i had my supra i was getting tagged once a week by a local cop so i went to the registry and switched registrations with my moms car and took her green plate. And now as i wait for my 330ci to arrive i still have the plate registered so i wont have to surrender it. ;)

Paixim 05-14-2002 12:25 AM

how about vancouver , BC?
do we need front plate?

drewcon 05-14-2002 12:28 AM

is definatly two plates.

Alan Chen 05-14-2002 12:28 AM

in CA $10. my exprience

UltimateOne 05-14-2002 12:30 AM

Re: MA

Originally posted by drewcon
is definatly two plates.
1 with old reg's
and my sig says who gives a F:eeps: :D

Toli 05-14-2002 05:43 PM

MA: red numbers and letters = 2 plates
green numbers and letters = 1 plate (not issued any more)

David328Ci 05-14-2002 05:45 PM

It's illegal here in Calfornia, but in the 7 or so years I've had my license I have never had a front plate, have never been hassled, and don't ever plan to put one on. :pimpin:

e30 05-14-2002 06:06 PM


Originally posted by Paixim
how about vancouver , BC?
do we need front plate?

yes, of course we do...no question about it.

sk 05-14-2002 06:45 PM

i am from Wisconsin
wat if i got pulled down in other states, say IL???
will they give me a ticket for not having a front plate??

assume it is legal in WI but illegal in IL

Imola Ed 05-14-2002 06:51 PM

In the 6 years since I've lived in CA, I've never been stopped, but I think the police are starting to crack down in places. I think it's because of the cameras they are installing at intersections to catch people running reds, or turning left when they're not supposed to.

When I took delivery of my car, I told them not to put one on, but to give me all the hardware necessary just in case...

Of course, I also have painted reflectors :flipoff:

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