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License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: New Car ()
Date: March 07, 2012 01:54AM

Bought a car recently from out-of-state (registering in VA) and it doesn't have a spot on the front bumper for a license plate. Rather than drill one in the bumper, can I just put it in the front window? What's the specific law on this? Just needs to be displayed?

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: ... ()
Date: March 07, 2012 03:08AM

§ 46.2-715. Display of license plates.

License plates assigned to a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, tractor truck, trailer, or semitrailer, or to persons licensed as motor vehicle dealers or transporters of unladen vehicles, shall be attached to the front and the rear of the vehicle. The license plate assigned to a motorcycle, trailer, or semitrailer shall be attached to the rear of the vehicle. The license plate assigned to a tractor truck shall be attached to the front of the vehicle. The license plates issued to licensed motor vehicle dealers and to persons licensed as transporters of unladen vehicles shall consist of one plate for each set issued and shall be attached to the rear of the vehicle to which it is assigned.


and


§ 46.2-716. How license plates fastened to vehicle; altering appearance of license plates.

A. Every license plate shall be securely fastened to the motor vehicle, trailer, or semitrailer to which it is assigned:

1. So as to prevent the plate from swinging,

2. In a position to be clearly visible, and

3. In a condition to be clearly legible.

B. No colored glass, colored plastic, bracket, holder, mounting, frame, or any other type of covering shall be placed, mounted, or installed on, around, or over any license plate if such glass, plastic, bracket, holder, mounting, frame, or other type of covering in any way alters or obscures (i) the alpha-numeric information, (ii) the color of the license plate, (iii) the name or abbreviated name of the state wherein the vehicle is registered, or (iv) any character or characters, decal, stamp, or other device indicating the month or year in which the vehicle's registration expires. No insignia, emblems, or trailer hitches or couplings shall be mounted in such a way as to hide or obscure any portion of the license plate or render any portion of the license plate illegible.

C. The Superintendent may make such regulations as he may deem advisable to enforce the proper mounting and securing of the license plate on the vehicle.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: tea leaves ()
Date: March 07, 2012 08:13AM

Yup, what the last post was all about. In VA, it best be in screwed in at the front, because in the window, is just not going to fly to some police officers. As for the % who will pull you over and nail you for it, I'm not sure, but best believe if its one of those stops where they are in front with a few fellahs working it, you will be assigned to the right shoulder for awhile regardless of the ticket outcome.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: Gunrunner ()
Date: March 07, 2012 08:16PM

Last time I hit a deer I drove around Arlington and Falls Church for 3 weeks without getting a ticket.I stuck the plate in the map pocket.Body shop got every part except the front plate bracket.I visited relatives in WV for Thanksgiving.I gues I drove about 1k during that time.I wouldn't put the plate on the dash.If you get into an accident that plate is going to be flying around.Might cut your head off.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: Grover ()
Date: March 07, 2012 08:29PM

Gunrunner Wrote:
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> Last time I hit a deer I drove around Arlington
> and Falls Church for 3 weeks without getting a
> ticket.I stuck the plate in the map pocket.Body
> shop got every part except the front plate
> bracket.I visited relatives in WV for
> Thanksgiving.I gues I drove about 1k during that
> time.I wouldn't put the plate on the dash.If you
> get into an accident that plate is going to be
> flying around.Might cut your head off.

I'm surprised the relatives couldn't help.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: Options ()
Date: March 07, 2012 08:29PM

Rather than screwing it into the bumper directly (stupid), you should just buy the proper front tag bracket from the dealership designed for the car.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: put it on ()
Date: March 07, 2012 08:35PM

regardless of where the car was sold, needing a front plate or not, the manufacturer has the appropriate parts for a front mount plate. driving around with VA plates on the rear and nothing on the front is asking for the cops to nail you for the smallest thing. ask me how i know this.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: The OP ()
Date: March 08, 2012 08:06PM

Thanks for all the help guys. I'll get a bracket and ugly up my car. I can't believe VA makes you use a front license plate. I'm sure they could save $ if they only made one plate, not two. It's completely useless.

Don't get me started on being the only state that doesn't allow radar detectors either........

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: thisguy ()
Date: March 08, 2012 08:16PM

Grover Wrote:
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> Gunrunner Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> > Last time I hit a deer I drove around Arlington
> > and Falls Church for 3 weeks without getting a
> > ticket.I stuck the plate in the map pocket.Body
> > shop got every part except the front plate
> > bracket.I visited relatives in WV for
> > Thanksgiving.I gues I drove about 1k during
> that
> > time.I wouldn't put the plate on the dash.If
> you
> > get into an accident that plate is going to be
> > flying around.Might cut your head off.
>
> I'm surprised the relatives couldn't help.


^^^ ha

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: chinkpigcop ()
Date: March 09, 2012 08:20AM

i just got a ticket for having my license plate in the front windshield by this chink cop who can barely speak english cost 87 bucks. the funny thing is i drove for two years like that i drove through police checkpoints passed VA state inspection no problem.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: ThePackLeader ()
Date: March 11, 2012 05:29PM

The OP Wrote:
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> Thanks for all the help guys. I'll get a bracket
> and ugly up my car. I can't believe VA makes you
> use a front license plate. I'm sure they could
> save $ if they only made one plate, not two. It's
> completely useless.
>
> Don't get me started on being the only state that
> doesn't allow radar detectors either........


I agree about the radar detector issue, but there certainly is a purpose for a front plate seeing as it makes it easier to ID your car from multiple angles.

As for keeping the plate in the window, aside from getting nailed over it, who wants to deal with the massive reflection caused by it?

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"And if any women or children get their legs torn off, or faces caved in, well, it's tough shit for them." -2LT. Bert Stiles, 505th, 339th (On Berlin Bombardier Mission, 1944).

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: MS--14 ()
Date: March 11, 2012 06:58PM

The OP Wrote:
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> Thanks for all the help guys. I'll get a bracket
> and ugly up my car. I can't believe VA makes you
> use a front license plate. I'm sure they could
> save $ if they only made one plate, not two. It's
> completely useless.
>
> Don't get me started on being the only state that
> doesn't allow radar detectors either........

So move. Go and live somewhere else. You're clearly not happy here with the overwhelming oppressiveness of the mighty Commonwealth of Virginia. How can you possibly continue to live in such horrible conditions, mang?

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: put it off ()
Date: March 11, 2012 10:51PM

put it on Wrote:
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> ask me how i know this.

how do you know this?

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: Systemshocker540 ()
Date: June 24, 2012 05:48PM

I was doing a video project last year and I didn't want the plate to be visible in the process, so I took it off, When we left 1 house, I put the plate on the dashboard and then we drove through East Orange in NJ, I passed a cop (insert "oh s***") surprisingly he didn't come after us since there was 4 people in the car with me. When I got to the second house, I put the plate back on the bumper ('whew")

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: Fu ()
Date: June 24, 2012 06:18PM

The OP Wrote:
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> Don't get me started on being the only state that
> doesn't allow radar detectors either........


I agree, you should move if your not happy here. However, before you do you might want to check your above statement for accuracy before moving to another state you won't be happy in either.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: first_hand ()
Date: June 24, 2012 06:22PM

Answer: Yes, in Virginia you have to have the plate on the bumper.

Why?: Because if you keep it on your windshield and get into an accident, that plate flying back into the face of you or your passenger could serious hurt somebody.

How: Dealership will rip you off, but you really don't have much choice for a part like that. I believe a custom plastic plate holder with the brackets and screws will run you about $40-$45.

A lot of cars look better without a plate, but if you wanna live in Virginia, you gotta have one.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: Hank the drunkin drawf ()
Date: June 24, 2012 07:05PM

stop being a nigger and put the license plate where it belongs...fuck face.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: MS--15 ()
Date: June 24, 2012 08:53PM

The OP Wrote:
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> Thanks for all the help guys. I'll get a bracket
> and ugly up my car. I can't believe VA makes you
> use a front license plate.

Why? Did you wanna' put your Confederate flag plate up there? Or your VA Tech one?
>
> Don't get me started on being the only state that
> doesn't allow radar detectors either........

Speeding is illegal. People who use radar detectors like to speed. By making detectors illegal, our fine state is seeking to reduce the amount of speeding. That leaves you 49 other states where you can run your detector rig so, get the fuck out of here, mang...

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: Be Serious ()
Date: June 24, 2012 09:47PM

MS--15 Wrote:
> Speeding is illegal. People who use radar
> detectors like to speed. By making detectors
> illegal, our fine state is seeking to reduce the
> amount of speeding. That leaves you 49 other
> states where you can run your detector rig so, get
> the fuck out of here, mang...

Candy has no nutritional value (other than empty calories) and is fattening. Alcohol causes impaired judgment and driving and death. Cigarettes are bad for you.

Hell, why post speed limit signs at all? Clearly the competent driver will know what the correct speed is; if not, give him/her a ticket.

Are you getting why your post makes no sense yet? If not, then you're clearly too stupid to be here. Give the computer back to the nice person who lent it to you and go back to your room, sonny.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by:     ()
Date: June 24, 2012 10:00PM

Hank the drunkin drawf Wrote:
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> stop being a nigger and put the license plate
> where it belongs...fuck face.


Fuck you, asswipe.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: MS--14 ()
Date: June 24, 2012 10:23PM

Be Serious Wrote:
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> MS--15 Wrote:
> > Speeding is illegal. People who use radar
> > detectors like to speed. By making detectors
> > illegal, our fine state is seeking to reduce
> the
> > amount of speeding. That leaves you 49 other
> > states where you can run your detector rig so,
> get
> > the fuck out of here, mang...
>
> Candy has no nutritional value (other than empty
> calories) and is fattening. Alcohol causes
> impaired judgment and driving and death.
> Cigarettes are bad for you.
>
> Hell, why post speed limit signs at all? Clearly
> the competent driver will know what the correct
> speed is; if not, give him/her a ticket.
>
> Are you getting why your post makes no sense yet?
> If not, then you're clearly too stupid to be here.
> Give the computer back to the nice person who lent
> it to you and go back to your room, sonny.

Oh I see, holmes...just because the OTHER 49 states allow radar detectors then VA should, too. Take your dick out of your ear before you hurt yourself...Christ...

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: WellDuh ()
Date: June 24, 2012 10:28PM

MS--14 Wrote:
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>
> Oh I see, holmes...just because the OTHER 49
> states allow radar detectors then VA should, too.

In a word, yes.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: MS--14 ()
Date: June 24, 2012 10:32PM

WellDuh Wrote:
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> MS--14 Wrote:
> --------------------------------------------------
> -----
> >
> > Oh I see, holmes...just because the OTHER 49
> > states allow radar detectors then VA should,
> too.
>
> In a word, yes.

Fuck you, Federalist mother fucker! I live 11 miles from Washington, DC! How the fuck does the Federal gub-mint know what's best for us out here in the 703?

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: WellDuh ()
Date: June 24, 2012 11:03PM

MS--14 Wrote:
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>
> Fuck you, Federalist mother fucker! I live 11
> miles from Washington, DC! How the fuck does the
> Federal gub-mint know what's best for us out here
> in the 703?

Hey moron, who the fuck even mentioned the federal govt? Virginia does not possess some higher level of intelligence regarding state law. If 49 states see fit to allow them, then Virginia should as well.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: Cali ()
Date: July 17, 2012 07:04AM

HaHaHaHaHa... U ppl from virgina are fxcking shot out.. Hey u w/the plate prob>> its illegal in cali too.. but do urself the favor anyway, GET THE HELL OUT OF THHAT SHITTY STATE!! U are not like those ppl bro.. Ur flashy and u want money and a purpose in Life, so come to California we'd love to have you.. Ps all my cars are nice n flashy and modified with the stupid plate on the front.. Welder

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: rich ()
Date: June 05, 2013 10:35AM

i did the same thing i currently dont have front plates and i live in new jesrey ..i took my son for his driving test and the person at the dmv told me i can put in th front window ..to the right that would make it ok...so far i havent done so driving around for two years no problem..i guess im just lucky or it because im so close to PA that they dont even notice since a lot of pa cars come thruog my way...just saying ..so if dmv told me it ok as long it in the front right ...

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: SamMizener ()
Date: August 20, 2014 01:53PM

What about purchasing a "hide the plate" from www.HidethePlate.com--comes either motorized or manual. Out of the way, except with the cops come!!

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: johnny ringo ()
Date: August 20, 2014 02:04PM

Pretty convenient for those stretches in DC and MD where they have speed cameras mounted.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: Flashing Lights ()
Date: August 20, 2014 02:15PM

put it on Wrote:
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> regardless of where the car was sold, needing a
> front plate or not, the manufacturer has the
> appropriate parts for a front mount plate.
> driving around with VA plates on the rear and
> nothing on the front is asking for the cops to
> nail you for the smallest thing. ask me how i
> know this.

EXACTLY -- You should just spray paint on the side of the car please pull me over and check me.

Another big "please pull me over in VA" are modified cars and tinted windows.

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Re: License Plate in Front Window -- Legal?
Posted by: EUROHAZFRONTPLATEZ!!11!! ()
Date: August 20, 2014 02:31PM

So put them on your VW, asshole.

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