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Whatever happened to the obstructed license plate law?

Jim Ware

Although the law took effect Dec. 1, 2009, it will have no real teeth until Nov. 30, 2010, according to the N.C. Division of Motor Vehicles’ website.

The law requires the state’s name across the bottom of the plate as well as the year and month stickers on a license plate to be fully visible. They can no longer be partially covered by a license frame.

Vehicle owners can be cited for committing an infraction now and, after Nov. 30, 2010, fined $100 for the violation, according to the N.C. DMV.

The law was introduced in the 2009 session of the General Assembly and was supported by law enforcement officials because it increases the readability of registration information on the plates and helps identify vehicles registered in North Carolina, the DMV said.

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5 Responses to “ Whatever happened to the obstructed license plate law?”

  1. On August 29, 2010 at 11:09 pm Kenny Ramsey wrote:

    Only a few years ago there were only a couple of patterns for NC plates and they were very easy to spot even if partially covered. Now, with the plethora of “specialty” plates, there are literally dozens on NC plate configurations. Now, even the LE officers have to look closely to figure out where the plates are from.

  2. On November 19, 2010 at 11:44 am Tracy Rollins wrote:

    I’m curious if out of state vehicles are subject to this law? We have a lot of visitors that would have no way of knowing about it.

  3. On February 1, 2011 at 7:58 pm lee wrote:

    I observe so many license plates with the state’s (NC) name not fully visible and yet there is a cop car behind that car. At $100 fine, this would certainly help the revenue deficit.

  4. On August 25, 2011 at 5:44 pm Wayne wrote:

    I don’t believe the law is being enforced as of Agu. 25, 2011; I see tags with the “North Carolina” obstructed, sometimes 100% obstructed, just about every day.

  5. On May 23, 2012 at 4:57 am Marc Griffies wrote:

    Adding to the controversy is the laws in Georgia. We are required to show the county name visible on the bottom of the plate. Why are the decals showing county names substituted for “In God We Trust” Or “Educator”? Is the government breaking their own laws permitting other decals beside the county name in its place?

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