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Hello all, I was pulled over last summer for my plate being too low (by Officer Bogus of MPD), couldn't find any discussion really on the laws for my state so I decided to post what I found on another forum.

ALABAMA- Securely attached to the rear end thereof, attached right side up with the number thereof in an upright position and plainly visible.

ALASKA- Every registration plate issued under this chapter shall be securely fastened to the vehicle to which it is assigned, with the upper edge of the plate horizontal, at a height of not less than 12 inches from the ground measuring from the bottom of the plate, and maintained in a location and condition so as to be clearly legible. However, when considered necessary to insure legibility, the commissioner may provide by regulation for another method of installation.

ARIZONA-A person shall maintain each license plate so it is clearly legible. A person shall securely fasten each license plate to the vehicle as follows: To prevent the plate from swinging, at a height of at least twelve inches from the ground to the bottom of the plate, in a position to be clearly visible. A person shall maintain each license plate so that the name of this state at the top of the license plate is not obscured.

ARKANSAS-The license plate issued for a motorcycle required to be registered under this chapter shall be attached to the rear thereof. Every license plate shall, at all times, be securely fastened in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which it is issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging and at a height of not less than twelve inches (12'') from the ground, measuring from the bottom of such plate, 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. Placing any type of cover over a license plate which makes the license plate more difficult to read or which reduces the reflective properties of the license plate is prohibited.

CALIFORNIA- License plates shall at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle for which they are issued so as to prevent the plates from swinging, shall be mounted in a position so as to be clearly visible, and so that the characters are upright and display from left to right, and shall be maintained in a condition so as to be clearly legible. The rear license plate shall be mounted not less than 12 inches nor more than 60 inches from the ground

COLORADO- Horizontally placed, attached to the rearmost portion of the vehicle, clearly visible to the rear.

CONNECTICUT- Plate shall be entirely unobscured and the numerals and letters thereon shall be plainly legible at all times. Such number plates shall be horizontal, and shall be fastened so as not to swing and, during the time when a motor vehicle is required to display lights, the rear number plate shall be so illuminated as to be legible at a distance of fifty feet. Nothing may be affixed to a motor vehicle or to the official number plates displayed on such vehicle that obscures or impairs the visibility of any information on such number plates. Plate must be displayed in a conspicuous place at the rear of such vehicle.

DELEWARE- The license plate assigned to the motorcycle shall at all times be securely fastened to the rear of the vehicle at a height not less 12” from the ground and maintained in a condition to be clearly legible. The plate must be mounted horizontally. The plate can be to the left or right of the rear fender but must mount between the rear fender and the rear axle. REJECT IF: Plate not securely fastened or obscured so that letters, numbers, or “Delaware” cannot be identified, If registration sticker covers any number or letter or if the plate is covered with plastic or tint material, If the plate is mounted vertically, If the plate is further forward than the rear axle.

FLORIDA- The license tag of a motorcycle or moped must be permanently affixed to the vehicle and may not be adjusted or capable of being flipped up. No device for or method of concealing or obscuring the legibility of the license tag of a motorcycle shall be installed or used. The license tag of a motorcycle or moped may be affixed horizontally to the ground so that the numbers and letters read from left to right. Not higher than 60 inches and not lower than 12 inches from the ground and no more than 24 inches to the left or right of the centerline of the vehicle.

GEORGIA-Plate must be mounted on the rear. Plate must be clearly legible from 50 feet to the rear. No license plate shall be covered with any material unless the material is colorless and transparent. No apparatus that obstructs or hinders the clear display and legibility of a license plate shall be attached to the rear of any motor vehicle required to be registered in the state.

HAWAII-One plate shall be used and it shall be fastened to the rear thereof at a location provided by the manufacturer or in the absence of such a location at the rear thereof, and in the case of motorcycles in conformance with section 291-31 (http://codes.lp.findlaw.com/histatut.../291/II/291-31).

IDAHO- The license plate assigned to a motorcycle, all-terrain vehicle, utility type vehicle, motorbike or semi trailer and the license plate assigned to a motor vehicle operated by a manufacturer, repossession agent or dealer shall be attached to the rear. 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.

ILLINOIS- Every registration plate shall at all times be securely fastened in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which it is issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging and at a height of not less than 5 inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of such plate, in a place and position to be clearly visible and shall be maintained in a condition to be clearly legible, free from any materials that would obstruct the visibility of the plate. A registration plate on a motorcycle may be mounted vertically as long as it is otherwise clearly visible. Registration stickers issued as evidence of renewed annual registration shall be attached to registration plates as required by the Secretary of State, and be clearly visible at all times.

INDIANA- A license plate shall be securely fastened, in a horizontal position, to the vehicle for which the plate is issued: To prevent the license plate from swinging, at a height of at least twelve (12) inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of the license plate in a place and position that are clearly visible, maintained free from foreign materials and in a condition to be clearly legible, and not obstructed or obscured by tires, bumpers, accessories, or other opaque objects.

IOWA- Iowa code 321.38 states the registration plate issued for a motorcycle or other vehicle required to be registered hereunder shall be attached to the rear of the vehicle. Every registration plate shall at all times be securely fastened in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which it is issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging and at a height of not less than twelve inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of the plate, 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. Iowa Code Section 321.37(3) states that "It is unlawful for the owner of a vehicle to place any frame around or over the registration plate which does not permit full view of all numerals and letters print on the registration plate."

KANSAS- Every license plate shall at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle to which it is assigned so as to prevent the plate from swinging, and at a height not less than 12 inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of such plate, 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.

KENTUCKY-Plates shall be kept legible at all times and the rear plate shall be illuminated when being operated during the hours designated in KRS 189.030 (http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j...43148975,d.b2U). No rim, frame, or other covering around the plate shall in any way obscure or cover any lettering or decal on the plate.

LOUISIANA- Every permanent registration license plate shall at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle to which it is assigned, so as to prevent the plate from swinging, and at a height not less than twelve inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of such plate, 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.
 

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MAINE- The plate needs to be mounted horizontally on either the rear of the fender or a side mount. The plate must be located so that it is clearly visible to the rear. License plate light bulb must produce sufficient steady white light to illuminate the entire rear license plate to be clearly visible from a distance of 50 feet to the rear.

MARYLAND- Plate must be mounted on the rear. Maintained free from foreign materials, including registration plate covers as defined in § 13*411.1 of this subtitle (http://law.justia.com/codes/maryland...le-4/13-411-1/), and in a condition to be clearly legible; and (2) Securely fastened to the vehicle for which it is issued in a horizontal position, in a manner that prevents the plate from swinging; and in a place and position to be clearly visible.

MASSACHUSETTS- The number plate must be undamaged, securely horizontally mounted on the rear of the motorcycle, clean and clearly visible. No accessory mounted on the motorcycle may interfere with a clear view of the number plate. Any decorative number plate or number plate replica not issued by the Registry of Motor Vehicles for the motorcycle being inspected on which appears any jurisdictional name must be removed from the motorcycle.

MICHIGAN- A registration plate shall at all times be securely fastened in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which the plate is issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging. The plate shall be attached at a height of not less than 12 inches from the ground, measured from the bottom of the plate, in a place and position which is clearly visible. The plate shall be maintained free from foreign materials that obscure or partially obscure the registration information, and in a clearly legible condition.


MINNESOTA- Plate must be displayed horizontally or vertically, for a motorcycle issued vertical license plates under section 168.12, subdivision 2a (https://www.revisor.mn.gov/statutes/...stat.168.12.2a), with the identifying numbers and letters facing outward from the vehicle and must be mounted on the rear of the vehicle.

MISSOURI-The license plates on trailers, motorcycles, motortricycles and motorscooters shall be displayed on the rear of such vehicles, with the letters and numbers thereon right side up, not less than eight nor more than forty-eight inches above the ground. Each such plate shall be securely fastened to the motor vehicle or trailer in a manner so that all parts thereof shall be plainly visible and reasonably clean so that the reflective qualities thereof are not impaired. Each such plate may be encased in a transparent cover so long as the plate is plainly visible and its reflective qualities are not impaired.

MONTANA-Must have a single license plate displayed on the rear of the vehicle.

NEBRASKA- Plate shall be prominently displayed on the rear of the registered motorcycle.

NEVADA- Plate must at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle to which it is assigned so as to prevent the plate from swinging and at a height not less than 12 inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of such plate, in a place and position to be clearly visible, and must be maintained free from foreign materials and in a condition to be clearly legible.

NEW JERSEY- The license plates shall be displayed not less than 12 inches nor more than 48
inches from the ground in a horizontal position.

NEW MEXICO- Plate shall be securely fastened at all times in a fixed horizontal position at a height of not less than twelve inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of the plate. It shall be in a place and position so as to be clearly visible, and it shall be maintained free from foreign material and in a condition to be clearly legible.

NEW YORK- A motorcycle plate must be conspicuously displayed and securely fastened at the REAR of the motorcycle. The axle is not the rear. DMV has stated that vertical is acceptable, but some police officers may still write it because they claim they can not read it mounted that way. This is open to interpretation and would be up to the judge if you chose to go to trial. The plate must also be lighted and visible from 50 feet.

NORTH CAROLINA- Must be displayed in the rear of the motor vehicle (motorcycle). Any registration that is displayed on the sides would be in violation of the law. All registration plates be readable from a distance of 100 feet during daylight

NORTH DAKOTA- The plate can be mounted on either side of the tire, but must be mounted horizontally.

OHIO- The law simply states your registration must be visible from the rear.

OKLAHOMA- The license plate shall be securely attached to the rear of the vehicle. The license plate, decal and all letters and numbers shall be clearly visible at all times. The operation of a vehicle upon which the license plate is covered, overlaid or otherwise screened with any material, whether such material be clear, translucent, tinted or opaque, shall be a violation.

OREGON- Must be displayed on the rear of the vehicle. Plates must be in plain view so as to be easily read by the public and law enforcement. License plates may not be altered and must not be covered by any material that alters their appearance. Furthermore, plate frames or holders must not prevent the numbers, letters, or tags/stickers from being readable.

PENNSYLVANIA- A single registration plate shall be located on the rear of the vehicle so as to be illuminated by the license plate light required by 75 Pa.C.S. § 4303(b). Every registration plate shall be securely fastened to the vehicle: So as to be clearly visible, in a horizontal position, at a height of not less than 12 inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of the registration plate, so as to prevent the registration plate from swinging.

RHODE ISLAND- The registration plate issued for a motorcycle shall be attached to the rear of the vehicle. Every registration plate shall at all times be securely fastened in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which it is issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging at a height of not less than twelve inches (12") from the ground, measuring from the bottom of the plate; 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.

SOUTH CAROLINA- Plate must be fastened securely in a horizontal and upright position to the vehicle for which it was issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging. However, if a motorcycle is equipped with vertically mounted license plate brackets, its license plate must be mounted vertically with its top fastened along the right vertical edge. The bottom of the plate must be at a height of not less than twelve inches from the ground in a place and position clearly visible as provided in Section 56-5-4530, and it must be maintained free from foreign materials and in a clearly legible condition.

SOUTH DAKOTA- The law requires conspicuous display of the plates in a horizontal position.

TENNESSEE- Registration plates issued for motorcycles shall be attached to the rear of the vehicle. registration plate shall at all times be securely fastened in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which it is issued so to prevent the plate from swinging and at a height of not less than twelve inches (12'') from the ground, measuring from the bottom of the plate, 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; provided, if a motorcycle is equipped with vertically mounted license plate brackets, its license plate shall be mounted vertically with the top of such license plate fastened along the right vertical edge. No tinted materials may be placed over a license plate even if the information upon the license plate is not concealed.

UTAH- Plates cannot have tinted or colored covers. License plates must be displayed horizontally to be read from left to right and visible from 100 feet.

VIRGINIA- Plate shall be securely fastened to the motor vehicle so as to prevent the plate from swinging, in a position to be clearly visible, and in a condition to be clearly legible. 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 the alpha-numeric information, the color of the license plate, the name or abbreviated name of the state wherein the vehicle is registered, or any character or characters, decal, stamp, or other device indicating the month or year in which the vehicle's registration expires.
 

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WASINGTON- License plates must be attached in a horizontal position at a distance of not more than four feet from the ground. Either a tail lamp or a separate lamp shall be so constructed and placed as to illuminate with a white light the rear registration plate and render it clearly legible from a distance of fifty feet to the rear. Any tail lamp or tail lamps, together with any separate lamp or lamps for illuminating the rear registration plate, shall be so wired as to be lighted whenever the head lamps or auxiliary driving lamps are lighted.

WEST VIGINIA- WV DMV currently has motorcycle license plates that are vertical or horizontal. You will have to contact them for this special license plate. As far as mounting WV code states the registration plate may not be mounted under 12inches from the ground, it may be mounting vertically if DMV issue the motorcycle plate letter horizontal.

WISCONSIN- According to statute 341.15(2) the plate “shall be attached firmly and rigidly in a horizontal position and conspicuous place.”

WYOMING- Secured to prevent swinging, attached in a horizontal position no less than twelve (12) inches from the ground, maintained free from foreign materials and in a condition to be clearly legible.
 

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Basically if they can't easily see your license plate you may get pulled over, it always just depends on the officer pulling you over. I saw this video on youtube of a guy who got arrested because of his plates being hidden.

 

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Nothing for TX?
 

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I can say that the list is somewhat out of date because a few years ago Minnesota did away with allowing and producing vertical plates. And they need to be lit, don't see the list mentioning that fact.

As for everywhere else, ymmv.

Common themes though all of the states, however, are: securely fastened, horizontal and clearly seen. Doesn't take a rocket scientist (or an "all inclusive" list) to figure that out, you'd think.

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I've ridden a few hundred miles over the last 2.5 months with no plate. Noticed at the November track day my plate was missing so I presume it was stolen. The hassle to get a new plate is absurd. Have to get a police report then go in person to DMV and pay a fee. Uhh, no thanks. So far no issues. Have had a cop follow me for a bit on two separate occasions before passing me.
 

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I've ridden a few hundred miles over the last 2.5 months with no plate. Noticed at the November track day my plate was missing so I presume it was stolen. The hassle to get a new plate is absurd. Have to get a police report then go in person to DMV and pay a fee. Uhh, no thanks. So far no issues. Have had a cop follow me for a bit on two separate occasions before passing me.

Good advice. Better to get a ticket than get a plate. Also will probably not be annoying when the guy who stole your plate gets clocked doing 110 on the highway and you have to explain that your plate got stole 3 months ago but you somehow never noticed.
 

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Good advice. Better to get a ticket than get a plate. Also will probably not be annoying when the guy who stole your plate gets clocked doing 110 on the highway and you have to explain that your plate got stole 3 months ago but you somehow never noticed.
I didn't notice I didn't have a plate until that track day. No telling how long it'd been missing. Not worried about a ticket since I know some local cops and the municipal Judge very well. Gotta get it renewed in 3 months anyway and they send a new tag for that for some weird reason so I'll just do it then. Not advising people ride around without license plates, just sharing a story related to the thread topic...
 

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If I do recall the post was made in 2013. Anything could change I guess, just thought I'd post it up. Funny enough though, the cop mentioned nothing about my license plate light, (which is orange) and the only allowed color is white. Just an excuse to pull be over I guess.
 

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I have unfortunately been harassed for this many times by power hungry cops running a TST industries plate mount and light. I have since mocked it up a lot higher despite how ugly it looks. Haven't been stopped again though so that is worth it. All depends on your area I guess and if you are participating in hooliganism lol.
 

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I have unfortunately been harassed for this many times by power hungry cops running a TST industries plate mount and light. I have since mocked it up a lot higher despite how ugly it looks. Haven't been stopped again though so that is worth it. All depends on your area I guess and if you are participating in hooliganism lol.
You too huh? Their location is just a bit too low, but it is possible to move it up.
 

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I can never understand how people get away with tucking their plates back under the seat just over the rear fender. That would never fly here. I think it looks clean but I'd never try it as motorcycles have enough trouble & I wouldn't want to put another target on my back.
 
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