You Can Get Pulled Over- Know the New Tag Law

They’re everywhere in our cities, across the state and all over the country. You can glance at them on any street or see them at various parking lots. You might even have one. All across the state, there are hundreds of thousands of vehicles that have license plate frames. We put them on our cars to express our school spirit. There are special licenses plate frames dedicated to various organizations and causes and we buy them to support those organizations and causes. But most license plate frames tend to cover a portion of the plate and in the state of Florida that’s illegal, which means if a police officer sees you driving with a partially covered plate, they have the right to stop you and issue you a traffic ticket. This law is not known to the average person. Florida Statute 320.061 states, “A person may not apply or attach a substance, coating, covering or other material onto or around any license plate which interferes with any feature or detail on the license plate.” Here’s what the law says in specific detail:

 

“320.061 Unlawful to alter motor vehicle registration certificates, license plates, temporary license plates, mobile home stickers, or validation stickers or to obscure license plates; penalty. A person may not alter the original appearance of a vehicle registration certificate, license plate, temporary license plate, mobile home sticker, or validation sticker issued for and assigned to a motor vehicle or mobile home, whether by mutilation, alteration, defacement, or change of color or in any other manner. 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 which interferes with the legibility, angular visibility, or detectability of any feature or detail on the license plate or interferes with the ability to record any feature or detail on the license plate. A person who violates this section commits a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation as provided in chapter 318.”

 

If you take into account that most license plate frame covers block some form of word or number of a plate, then every driver with a vehicle that has a frame is liable to be stopped by a police officer and issued a traffic citation. Be sure to check your vehicle and if you plan to purchase a frame in the near future, double check to see if the frame is in accordance with the law. Call Carlos Gonzalez Law Office (786) 358-6888