How Can I Show Off My Vanity Plates Without Getting A Ticket?

We have all seen them around town. The vanity plates on cars range from ISUMD4U to 2CUTE and everything in between. If you are driving a car with license plates, follow these tips to avoid being pulled over and receiving a ticket.

What are the License Plate Requirements in Nevada?

Nevada law requires most vehicles to display front and rear license plates at all times, except motorcycles and trailers, which require only a rear plate. You must display both plates if the vehicle is designed for a front plate or if the manufacturer offers an add-on bracket or frame.

If your vehicle was not designed for front plates and the manufacturer did not provide an add-on bracket or other means of displaying the front plate, you do not have to display a front plate. If for some reason you are not displaying your front plate, it is your responsibility to store the second plate and surrender or return both plates to the department at the appropriate time.

License plates must at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle so as to prevent the plate from swinging and at a height not less than 12 inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of such plate, in a place and position to be clearly visible. It must be maintained free from foreign materials and in a condition to be clearly legible.

Registration decals which indicate the month and year of expiration are placed on the upper right-hand corner of the rear plate. Your registration expires on the exact date listed on the slip; it is not valid until the end of the month.

License plate specifications call for plates to be readable from a distance of 100 feet during daylight. At night, plates must be readable from 110 feet and visible from 1,500 feet when lit by standard headlights. Rear plates must display a decal with the month and year of expiration.

Nevada license plates are issued to people and businesses, not to vehicles. You may transfer your existing plates to a new vehicle. Plate transfers between individuals require a witnessed statement which can be completed at the DMV at the time of registration.

Plate frames or covers are not prohibited as long as the above requirements are met and the plate is clearly legible.

If you have been cited for a license plate violation, call us. We can help.