Discussion in 'Wheels, Wings, Mud, and Water' started by HarmanKardon, Sep 11, 2017.
License plates can be fun ... <G>
PS ... anybody remember motorcycle front plates?
Indeed they are!
Although I've managed to not get stopped with this on our other Jag.
South Dakota issues front and rear license plates. No inspections or pollution control tests required.
I bought my latest vehicle in Ohio. I notice some asshat screwed the plate frame right into the bumper, when there is clearly a spot for a mounting bracket just under the front bumper. I keep a mask on the front in dry weather to keep the stone chips away but still, knowing there are two unsightly small holes there behind the mask is bothering me.
NJ does require front and rear plates, except, a little known fact is that vehicles which are more than 25 years old and registered as "Historic Vehicles" only need to have a single special plate displayed on the rear.
As for front plates, I agree with your thoughts Chris, except on this car.
Iowa requires front and rear.
Rear only in Michigan..... for now.
No front plates in Florida. Never has been as far as I can recall (going back 5 decades for me)
When I was going to college back in the early 70's in Colorado I got pulled over for not having a front plate by the State Police on the interstate. He was traveling the opposite direction, zoomed into the median throwing dust everywhere then came after me.
He said "the reason I pulled you over is because your front plate is missing"
I told him that "Florida does not issue front plates"
His response was "well, your in Colorado now son. Have a nice day"
Got back into his cruiser and sped off.
This was the oddest traffic stop I have ever experienced.
New Mexico plates read: NEW MEXICO USA
They added the USA to assist geographical ignoramuses among other states' law enforcement professionals.
My favorite is the turquoise plate. The plate with the chiles on it is pretty cool also.
While staying in Tucson this past weekend, there were at least four plates from Sonora MX, and one from Sinaloa MX. I would expect those are as common in Tucson as Ontario CA plates are here in southeast Michigan.
I left Illinois two years ago to retire to AZ. Illinois required front plates, and every time legislation was proposed to eliminate them to save money, the police organizations fought and defeated it. IL required pollution checks in Cook county (Chicago) and the collar counties (and maybe near St. Louis, MO, I'm not sure). The pollution checks went from tailpipe sniffers to OBD checks eventually. IL never had safety inspections. IL offered a wide range of specialty plates, ranging from schools to sports teams to specialty causes for which you paid extra to make a contribution, like for wildlife conservation or prevention of domestic violence. Some specialties are issued in limited numbers and are valid for one year only, for example Route 66 plates for the 66th anniversary of the route. Vanity plates, as in most states, had certain rules about the number of letters and numerals and their arrangement. I think the vanity plate surcharge was about $20 or $25.
AZ does not require front plates, but vanity plates are issued in pairs so you can have them front and rear if you want. Since my Mustang already had both from IL, I use both vanity plates in AZ (ITSMYRV). In Illinois I had RTRO RKT (they allow one space in seven letters, but the space is not recorded as a unique variable, so once I had that, the same sequence with the space elsewhere would not be issued.) I originally got RTRO RKT for my 2003 Mercury Marauder, and transferred it to the 2013 Mustang. I wanted to get the same thing for the Mustang in AZ, but it was already taken.
States check vanity numbers for unsuitable content, but they miss some, as you can see if you search the topic on line. On the vanity application, AZ asks for a written explanation of the meaning, to help them catch unsuitable things.
Maybe a bit OT but involves music.
We just bought another car from Ohio two weeks ago. I had the temporary registration in front of me a couple of nights ago and gave it a read. While it didn't exactly state it in those terms, I could see their insurance requirements are definitely more lax than Michigan's.
In fact, I found it odd that when I bought both of our cars from Ohio over the past year, they mentioned that I could insure the cars once I got them home, saying my insurance "should" cover it--all they would take down is your policy number and put it on their paperwork. That didn't sound right. In Michigan, they will not let you drive a car off a lot until you give them proof of coverage. So for both, I had them covered immediately, and kept the proof with the temporary registration.
I read an article that said people contact New Mexico asking if they need passports to visit there.
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