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Is it legal to go take my license plates off a car I sold, without realizing I should keep my plates?

License plates in Texas are governed by the Texas TRANSPORTATION CODE, TITLE 7. VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC, SUBTITLE A. CERTIFICATES OF TITLE AND REGISTRATION OF VEHICLES, CHAPTER 504 LICENSE PLATES Texas ...
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Is it legal to go take my license plates off a car I sold, without realizing I should keep my plates?

Since this happened in Texas, we can refer to the Texas DMV: Vehicles are required to be titled in the buyer's name within 30 days from the date of sale. Failing to properly transfer a vehicle into ...
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May I create a custom license plate myself (in Virginia) using a purchased blank plate?

forges or counterfeits any license plate That means you can't make your own. Certainly any created plate in different colors or design will attract attention of the authorities as well. You will ...
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Can I cover the sports logo on a license plate?

Possibly. SCOTUS had the case of Wooley v. Maynard, 430 U.S. 705 (1977). Wooly took the tape and covered up the NH state slogan with tape. The state claimed that was illegal, Wooly won the case in ...
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May I create a custom license plate myself (in Virginia) using a purchased blank plate?

Your confusion probably stems from trying to look at this issue from the wrong end. Instead of looking at the VA Code related to details of license plate forgeries, look earlier in the code for § 46....
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Can I cover the sports logo on a license plate?

Yes. In Wooley v. Maynard, a New Hampshire man was sentenced to jail for covering up the "Live Free or Die" slogan on his New Hampshire license plates. He sued the state to bar it from ...
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License Plate Flipper

Washington state dedicated a section of their code to explicitly make this illegal (to install it, not just use it). RCW 46.37.685(1)(b) says It is unlawful for a person to have an installed ...
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Can I sell my license plate tabs to someone else if I no longer need them?

Your friend can get into a lot of trouble for this. Those stickers were given to you for renewing your registration. The stickers are meant to be a quick way for police to tell whether your license ...
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Can I cover the sports logo on a license plate?

No You may not put foreign materials on the license plate. That being said, it is hard to imagine that someone would ever be ticketed for covering the sports team logo only on a license plate, unless ...
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Can the government force you to change your license plate?

Walker (Texas DMV) v. Sons of Confederate Veterans holds that Texas’s specialty license plate designs constitute government speech, and thus Texas was entitled to refuse to issue ...
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Minimize police interaction on road trip with bicycle mounted on back of the car, obscuring the license plate

One specific Florida statute, 316.605 covers this matter directly: ...and all letters, numerals, printing, writing, the registration decal, and the alphanumeric designation shall be clear and ...
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Is it legal to go take my license plates off a car I sold, without realizing I should keep my plates?

I don't know if that would be considered stealing, since I was supposed to remove them anyway, but something tells me this would be a bad idea. I can see why you would think that's logical, but yeah, ...
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Legal to drive a car without front tag out of registered state?

At least some two-plate states suggest that if you're registered in a two-plate state you must display both plates within their borders. And some even suggest you must have two plates even if your ...
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Can the government force you to change your license plate?

Vanity plates are always issued at the discretion of the the DMV of any state; that option is written into each states' law. Plates can be denied due to obscenity, references to crimes or drugs, or ...
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Right to Drive on Public Roads

So why are Amish people not required to register their "vehicle," and to have a driver's license when driving on public roads? The Texas registration requirement in Texas is at Sec. 502.040....
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Is it legal for a car to have a paper license plate in California?

California Vehicle Code section 4456 (c), operative until January 1, 2019: (c) A vehicle displaying a copy of the report of sale may be operated without license plates or registration card until ...
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Moved to Colorado, been here 60 days & my license plate expired. What can I do?

According to the state, If you own or operate a business in Colorado or, are gainfully employed in Colorado, or reside in Colorado for 90 consecutive days you are a resident of Colorado. After ...
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Minimize police interaction on road trip with bicycle mounted on back of the car, obscuring the license plate

uk what should I do to minimize chances of being stopped by police? The way you are supposed to deal with this is a separate detachable number plate. As the bike also obscures the indicator and ...
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Legal term for (novel?) technique -- "Use of Force", "Tactical Language", or for intel analysts -- if some police repeat some info on licence plates?

There is no such thing, legally, as "an attack on someone's writing". The only way in which any use of one person's writing by another could be the subject of legal action would be if it ...
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Michigan-Registered Car driving in California Front License Plate Question

Can you get a ticket? Absolutely. You're relying on the knowledge of the person issuing you the ticket. How knowledgeable are they? In my experiences around the world, people enforcing laws on a ...
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Do I have grounds to file a civil lawsuit against the City of Chicago for my Expired Plates Violation? Is it worth it?

It isn't worth litigating a $60 fine for a non-moving violation that isn't likely to recur. You have a less than 50-50 chance of prevailing (something that is almost always true when you are appealing ...
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Can I sell my license plate tabs to someone else if I no longer need them?

It's tough to answer this question without knowing the state but in general: You would be committing a crime Your friend would be committing a crime The deception would be discovered the first time ...
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Covering up a non-essential part of a license plate

In Florida, FS 320.061 says A person may not apply or attach a substance, reflective matter, illuminated device, spray, coating, covering, or other material onto or around any license plate ...
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Using BC License Plates in Alberta

It probably ceased to be proper to use your BC plate no later than the time at which you got the Alberta plate. The Alberta registration supersedes the BC registration. It may have been improper ...
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Moved to Colorado, been here 60 days & my license plate expired. What can I do?

You have to have your vehicle registered somewhere to legally operate it on public roads. If Colorado won't allow you to register it, then you should renew your registration with whatever state had ...
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