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Can I be pulled over for no front license plate?

I live in Washington State. Is it legal for an officer to pull me over soley because my front license plate is in the front windshield instead of the license plate bracket. It just fell off a few days ago..


    




mikeysco
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Man, the answers you get here sometimes.

"I don't live in Washington, but in my state..."

Whatever.

Yup. You gotta' have a front license plate. Took about three minutes to find this:

"RCW 46.16.240
Attachment of plates to vehicles — Violations enumerated.

The vehicle license number plates shall be attached conspicuously at the front and rear of each vehicle for which the same are issued and in such a manner that they can be plainly seen and read at all times. [...] Each vehicle license number plate shall be placed or hung in a horizontal position at a distance of not more than four feet from the ground and shall be kept clean so as to be plainly seen and read at all times. [...] It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any vehicle unless there shall be displayed thereon valid vehicle license number plates attached as herein provided."

So you have to have one, it's got be hung in a certain way, and you're breaking the law if you don't and it isn't. Doesn't say it's okay if it fell off a few days ago.

Darn cops. Always stopping people for breaking the law.


law138
It depends on the state. You can in Illinois.


Eileen
I live in WA and yes they can, though they will most likely give you a warning.
Your plate will be run and your DL will get run too if they pull you over.


San Diego Art Nut
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If it is not easily visible then you can be pulled over. If your car was stolen and the thief took off the plates, would you want the police to pull him over? Probably.


lincoln
no not really he should have known cops these days although he might not have seen the plate and he had to say something


nickle
Your plates are supposed to be in "PLAIN FEW" at all times. Did ya tell him/her your plate had just fallen off, and as soon as you got to your destination you would re hook it where it belonged.


Jody Lynn
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Depends on the State you are in.


rockstar
You can be pulled over for having a scratch on your car, for having a red car, for driving too perfect, for having too nice of a car. Basically they say they need a reason, they don't. If they want to pull you over they will, then if you ask they'll make something up like you swerved over the line. Its the thing you can't prove. Just don't smile or look like your happy and they'll leave you alone, they don't like happy people because they think you have a leg up on them. And they will show you all the power they possess


tonalc1
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Not all states do, but Washington does require plates front and back.


casinodog
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YES THEY CAN PULL YOU OVER
WHY DON'T YOU PUT IT BACK ON THEN YOU WILL HAVE KNOW PROBLEMS


WC
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It is your responsibility to see that it is affixed in the right place before you go out into the public streets. Yes, the officer is justified in pulling you over and ticketing you, if that is what he wants to do.


bisquedog
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I do not know about Washington State but you can in Wisconsin.They stop you for improper display of plates


ElOsoBravo
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Yes or no depending upon which state you live in.


truthwalker7
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Contact local vehicle licensing office or call us at (360) 902-3770, option 5.

Give them a call .. they should know for sure


hello
i can't speak for sure on it becuase of you state, but i would say it has to be in the front if i had to guess. this is by texas law


Godknown
You have to have a license plate visible in the "front". So you could have it inside of the windshield.





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