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Is it illegal to drive a car without a front license plate in Texas?

By Product Expert | Posted in FAQ on Monday, November 5th, 2018 at 6:16 pm
Variety of license plates nailed to a worn wooden fence

There are a number of vehicles in Texas with only one license plate mounted to the back, but is that right? We discuss some of the license plate requirements for Texas drivers that can be a little confusing below.

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License Plate Requirements for Texas Drivers

Old and rusted Texas license plateTexas is a two-plate state. That means that all drivers need to have a license plate mounted to the front and rear of their vehicle. If you are driving without a front license plate not only are you giving police reason to pull you over but you are also risking a fine of up to $200 if they do. It’s best to head to your local service center where they can easily install a front license plate bracket for a small fee.

Can I put my license plate on my dashboard?

If you have a new vehicle that isn’t outfitted with front license plate brackets, it can be tempting to display your license plate in other creative ways to avoid the cost of installation or to keep your front fascia looking clean. Unfortunately, propping your license plate on your dash so it’s visible through the windshield won’t cut it. To be compliant, your license plate must be mounted on your vehicle’s exterior no less than 12 inches from the ground. Both license plates must also be easily visible.

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