Diatribe: Nobody Tells Us That License Plate Covers Are Illegal.
Not too long ago, some friends of mine bought a new vehicle. They shopped and shopped and studied manuals and websites for months before deciding to buy their SUV and, since they bought it, take great pride in its care and maintenance. They’re an older couple and they added side rails to make it easier to get in and out, attached additional mirrors to be sure they could see any blind spots as they drive, and even put protective strips on the side of the doors so they wouldn’t knick other cars in parking lots. They also put a clear cover over their license plate to help keep their ride neat and clean.
They were pulled over by a trooper earlier this week.
Not for speeding or any other moving violation, but because they had that plastic cover over their rear license plate. License plates must be securely attached to the appropriate vehicle, should not swing freely, must have a minimum of twelve inches from the bottom of the plate to the ground, and must be clearly visible. It is against our state laws to place any tinted materials over the plate.