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  • Euro plates on U.S. car - legal?

    The other day I saw a Mini Cooper that had one of the euro-style front plates. My state requires front and rear plates and, since it's not state-issued, it's not legal.

    The thing that caught my attention is that this front plate had the same number as was on the rear. Plus, it had decals indicating the state.

    Is a plate like this legal in other areas of the U.S.?

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    It would not be legal in my state which requires state issued front and rear plates.

    If the person was "passing through " Iowa and was from a state that only issues rear plates/...................It would probably be legal


    Assuming the rear plates were state issued
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    • #3
      Were both plates European style or was the front European and the back plate the normal Wisconsin plate?






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      • #4
        If the state doesn't require front and back, fine... in dual-plate states I have seen folks hook the EURO tag under their real tag... not sure of the legality, but I didn't check my MD Trans Codebook for it
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        • #5
          Just to follow up, I believe Wisconsin is a two plate state. If this is a Wisconsin reg vehicle and the idiot driver (bless their heart as Smurfette would say) wanted to be trendy and had a European style plate manufactured with their Wisconsin tag numbers on it for the front, I would take a look at your state's law regarding forgery of plates and registration devices. If you state is like mine, its a felony.
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          • #6
            Originally posted by L-1 View Post
            Just to follow up, I believe Wisconsin is a two plate state. If this is a Wisconsin reg vehicle and the idiot driver (bless their heart as Smurfette would say) wanted to be trendy and had a European style plate manufactured with their Wisconsin tag numbers on it for the front, I would take a look at your state's law regarding forgery of plates and registration devices. If you state is like mine, its a felony.
            I work in Wisconsin. We are indeed a two state plate and you must have the state issued plates on the car and in their proper location. Any alterations to the plate of any kind are illegal.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by L-1 View Post
              Were both plates European style or was the front European and the back plate the normal Wisconsin plate?
              The rear plate was a standard WI plate.

              I don't know if any kind of 'plate forgery' rule would apply (if WI even has one), as it could be argued the plate is not designed in a fashion to replicate a real plate.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by orangebottle View Post

                The rear plate was a standard WI plate.

                I don't know if any kind of 'plate forgery' rule would apply (if WI even has one), as it could be argued the plate is not designed in a fashion to replicate a real plate.
                I'm going bet the elements of the violation are there, it's just that you don't want to be "that guy" who makes a felony arrest of someone for making a fake vanity plate. I probably wouldn't. However, If I felt strongly enough about it, I might confiscate the plate, write a false evidence of registration report, send it in and let the DA deal with it.
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                • #9
                  It will lead to something...
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                  • #10
                    Not sure about other states but in Maryland you can get them issued from MVA. I know of two officers that have them for their German cars.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by orangebottle View Post
                      The other day I saw a Mini Cooper that had one of the euro-style front plates. My state requires front and rear plates and, since it's not state-issued, it's not legal.

                      The thing that caught my attention is that this front plate had the same number as was on the rear. Plus, it had decals indicating the state.

                      Is a plate like this legal in other areas of the U.S.?
                      If you are a front-and-rear-licence-plate-required state, then write, and serve the operator with a ticket for "Display Illegal / Fail To Display Legal Plate", and send a letter to the state vehicle licencing / registration / insurance authority. Is it a illegal-plate-removeable and / or towable authority charge? "Well, I COULD tow you, or you COULD remove that plate RIGHT NOW, put it inside the car so it is not visible, and head straight to the DMV to get a set of new plates, or head straight home and park the vehicle until you re-mount the correct plate to the front. Me? I have the time to escort you to wherever, sure; less time than it would take to call for a tow, but whatever."
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