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Old 06-14-2021, 07:51 AM   #1
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Could I get stopped for a license plate like this?

After riding 50 miles of dirt roads the day after a big rain, this is what my license plate looked like. Is that enough reason by itself to pull me over?

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Old 06-14-2021, 07:55 AM   #2
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After riding 50 miles of dirt roads the day after a big rain, this is what my license plate looked like. Is that enough reason by itself to pull me over?

Nah! Looks fine to me.
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Old 06-14-2021, 08:35 AM   #3
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Is it cause to allow them to pull you over?

Yes. You're obliged to have a legible plate with current registration, none of which can be discerned from that plate.

Will they? Who knows, but it can certainly provide them with an excuse.
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Old 06-14-2021, 10:21 AM   #4
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49-428. DISPLAY OF PLATE AND STICKERS. (1) License plates assigned to a motor vehicle shall be attached, one (1) in the front and the other in the rear, with the exception of the following:
(a) The license plate assigned to a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, utility type vehicle, motorbike or semitrailer and the license plate assigned to a motor vehicle operated by a manufacturer, repossession agent or dealer shall be attached to the rear.
(b) Vehicles displaying year of manufacture, old timer, classic car or street rod license plates shall be allowed to display one (1) plate attached to the rear of the vehicle.
(c) The license plate attached to a tractor shall be attached to the front.
(d) The wrecker plate shall be displayed on the vehicle being towed in such a manner as to be visible when the vehicle being towed is approached from the rear.
License plates shall be displayed during the current registration year. The annual registration sticker for the current registration year shall be displayed on each license plate, except for trailers, semitrailers, and commercial vehicles over twenty-six thousand (26,000) pounds under the provisions of sections 49-434 and 49-435, Idaho Code. For the purposes of this title, the license plates together with the registration stickers shall be considered as license plates for the year designated on the registration sticker.
(2) Every license plate shall at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle to which it is assigned to prevent the plate from swinging, be at a height not less than twelve (12) inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of the plate, be in a place and position to be clearly visible, and shall be maintained free from foreign materials and in a condition to be clearly legible, and all registration stickers shall be securely attached to the license plates and shall be displayed as provided in section 49-443(4), Idaho Code.
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[49-428, added 1988, ch. 265, sec. 90, p. 621; am. 1990, ch. 391, sec. 3, p. 1095; am. 1992, ch. 35, sec. 18, p. 121; am. 1998, ch. 392, sec. 9, p. 1211; am. 2008, ch. 409, sec. 5, p. 1132; am. 2009, ch. 287, sec. 2, p. 862; am. 2020, ch. 125, sec. 4, p. 386.]
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Old 06-14-2021, 08:49 PM   #5
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How do you guys (LEOS) handle those ubiquitous fold-up, hitch mounted bicycle carriers that block the entire plate? If you guys cited each one of those you'd have no time to do anything else.
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Old 06-15-2021, 06:17 AM   #6
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But you can say that about just about anything on a car.

Lots of folks running around with a "stoppable" car.

I don't have a front plate, for example, like a zillion other folks. But even then, cross the limit line, 31 in a 30 MPH zone, didn't use your signal...if a LEO wants you over, you're getting pulled over -- covered plate or no.

In the meantime, I see a lot of out of registration cars. My neighbor has a "brand new" truck who's temp plate is way out of date.

This stuff is enforced, just not heavily.
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Old 06-15-2021, 06:33 AM   #7
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How do you guys (LEOS) handle those ubiquitous fold-up, hitch mounted bicycle carriers that block the entire plate? If you guys cited each one of those you'd have no time to do anything else.
I too wonder about this.......
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Old 06-15-2021, 06:54 AM   #8
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How do you guys (LEOS) handle those ubiquitous fold-up, hitch mounted bicycle carriers that block the entire plate? If you guys cited each one of those you'd have no time to do anything else.
No bicycles on them and no front plate is a stop.
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I used to tell the teenager daughter: "Look, that's a cool license plate frame that obscures your registration tag. If you want the police to have an excuse to pull you over, that's ok. If you don't, get rid of it. Up to you."

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Now the most I think that can happen is a LEO would pull you over and say they can't read your plate. Can they give you a citation? Yes Can they find other things to give you a citation for? Yes


Here's a story about my birthday. I was out driving from a restaurant after a birthday celebration in Santa Clara. I'm driving the my Mitsubishi Galant VR4 my friend and his daughter in the car. I get pulled over not far from the restaurant on the way home and they said I had expired tags. I knew my registration was coming up soon but it wasn't expired yet and I told them that. They ran it through their computer and they said it was fine. They said they pulled me over because they couldn't read the MONTH sticker on my plate because it has faded over time, it's a 1991 car. They didn't know what month my registration expires. So there's nothing wrong right? Well she tells me I have too much window tint and that they could give me a ticket for it but they are going to let me off. Then I tell her it's within the legal limit, how can you tell it hella dark right now anyway. like she thought my windows were blacked out or something. It has like 15% tint. Anyway they let me go and it kinda ruined the rest of the night for me. So later that week I go to AAA and grab a brand new month sticker (for free I might add) and put new month sticker on my plates.

So can it give them an excuse to pull you over? Yes and can they try to get you for something else while their at it? Yes

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