Big License Plate Frame In NC Could Cost $100

A bill designed to ensure police officers can read North Carolina license plates by prohibiting plate frames that obscure information is going to Gov. Beverly Perdue for her signature.

The House and Senate gave final approval this week to the legislation, which would fine motorists up to $100 if they use a frame which covers the state name or plate date.

Robert Glaser with the North Carolina Automobile Dealers Association said Thursday his group wants to help law enforcement identify motorists.

Car buyers often receive frames from dealers. Glaser said dealers have large supplies of frames but will work to ensure lawful covers are sold.

The bill also directs the Legislature to study the state's more than 160 specialty license plate styles.


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  • by anonymous Location: kinston on Dec 1, 2009 at 04:39 PM
    I feel like this ridiculous. Policeman should other things to do or deal with other than our license plate. There are people out here killing and robbing and they worried about our license plates. Long as you can read the numbers there shouldn't be a problem. If you are a cop you should no what NC license look like. You steady looking at them all the time!!!!!!!
  • by Nathan Location: Eastern NC on Aug 1, 2009 at 10:20 PM
    For those concerned about the fine, don't obscure your plate. It's there for a reason. Simple as that. And our good officers might be able to focus on robberies and shootings if tinfoil hat-wearing crazies didn't try to obscure their license plate to avoid being identified. If they want to identify you, they're just going to pull you anyway. Now they can fine you for the added trouble, the extra time taken away from "real crime". As for "First in Flight", it's an important part of this state's history; this country's history as well. I like it. And laws do apply to out of state tags as well, so yes. VA has a higher speed limit, but you try that on NC roads, and, well, if they catch you at it, the ticket's just as good. Anyway, while we're discussing alternate slogans, VA's should be "Virginia is for Speeders" because better than half of the speeders on our roads have VA tags. Count 'em. PS - a tinted car costs $25 a year during inspection, unless the shop is letting you slide.
  • by LET'S SEE on Jul 31, 2009 at 06:08 PM
    I guess this doesn't apply to out of state tags??
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 at 02:14 PM
    What is so bad about "First In Flight"? I happen to like and what exactly does Virginia have to with Lovers. I've never understood that.
  • by liz Location: windsor on Jul 31, 2009 at 02:07 PM
    In these times of oppression, foreclosures, and unemployment, NC; a slave state still is up to the same ole' same ole'. The state claims to be without stable finances, so they look to penalize its citizens who already pay too much for taxes and utilities. Education does not fully benefit from drug busts, fines or the lottery. I am a state employee who just unwillingly gave up my pay, to help balance this state's budget. I wasn't asked to contribute, but money that I had already worked for was taken. Forget NC, are we still living in America? I thought if you worked, you earned the right to get paid. Well, if you work in a slave state I guess they treat you like a slave; work and work without fair pay or no pay at all.
  • by Joey Location: nc on Jul 31, 2009 at 01:51 PM
    Is this their way to raise money for education. If I remember a certain percent goes to education from fines.
  • by MrT Location: LaNC on Jul 31, 2009 at 12:07 PM
    I have a slogan for it;North Carolina, the tax and welfare state.Or North Carolina, The dumb governor state.Or North Carolina is for Crackheads.
  • by Plymouth reference to Pitt Police officer. Location: Wash,CO on Jul 31, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    They need to be worrying about robeers, and shooting around here and them flying up and down these roads for when it aint even an emergency they need to be given an tickets they aint going by the books.. And i for as the tinted why $100 fine anf for want some of yall got illegal tinted in yall cars, now put an fine on dat. and i have a tinted plated over my license plate and never had a probably with nobody not reading my tags and i had 4tickets with the same plate.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 31, 2009 at 09:15 AM
    to mike: sounds like the law saying its illegal to run a red light, which also isnt enforced in this town
  • by mike Location: gville on Jul 31, 2009 at 07:51 AM
    just for peoples info since everybody gets on here and talk about things they dont know the law on. tinted license plate covers are already a violation they are meant for the front.
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