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Old 03-12-2015, 09:57 AM
 
Location: Calera, AL
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This is an issue I believe that has been discussed ad nauseum in the Nebraska State Legislature. NE has gone with two plates forever, and a few years ago, made some concessions (certain vehicles can have just one plate) but right now, the majority of vehicles still need both. It's just a matter of time, I believe, when Nebraska only issues the rear plates.

That said, if a car from a state that issues only a rear plate gets caught on camera in a state that has both plates, that state would essentially be screwed from getting any money from the offender unless there was an officer on duty that caught them in the act...
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Old 03-13-2015, 12:51 PM
 
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Considering the 19 or whatever it is states that don't require front plates are not only the minorities in the country but also in the world, I think the question should really be "why do some states allow you to NOT have a front license plate?" Not sure why so many in this thread are condemning having front plates or talking about it like it's weird when the more than half the states require them and most countries do as well...

It makes identifying a car easier. I can't see why you wouldn't want to have front license plates, so a police officer or civilian can more easily identify a car that's perhaps been involced in a crime of some sort. There are many times I see cars in NJ with no front plate (usually a Pennsylvanian) and out of curiosity, to see the state, try to look in my rear view mirror to see after they've passed me, and I actually can't see the state or number because they are too far away or someone else is blocking my view. So yeah I think a front plate is important.
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Old 03-13-2015, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Howard County, Maryland
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Having a front license plate might literally be the least important thing that has ever been discussed on the internet.
So, is today your FIRST or SECOND day on the Internet?
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Old 03-13-2015, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Not only do Texans have the front plate but these weird tags on the windows too, three of them (Registration, Inspection, and where applicable, Tex-Tags.) The only time you see tags or a front plate on a New Mexico vehicle is in Better Call Saul.
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:27 AM
 
Location: City of North Las Vegas, NV
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Yes, the are surely needed for identifying purposes. NV, CA, UT have them but AZ don't think has them.
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Miami Beach, FL/Tokyo, Japan
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The only reason states require front license plates is probably due to toll cameras and the red light cameras. The public safety excuse is just to butter you up. An average person will not be able to capture a license number by looking in their rearview window. It's hard enough looking forward through a much a bigger view (your front windshield) than diverting your attention off the road and staring at that tiny rearview window.

So no, I don't want to make it easier for them to fine.
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Old 03-16-2015, 08:42 AM
 
Location: Miami Beach, FL/Tokyo, Japan
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Yes, the are surely needed for identifying purposes. NV, CA, UT have them but AZ don't think has them.
Yes they're needed for cameras to identify you and send you a ticket. I can do without such identification.

Out of the states I lived, California, Minnesota and Texas required them.

Florida (where I'm now), Michigan, Indiana, and Georgia did not require them. Hats off to those states.

I can say most of the south, and the southwest (Arizona, New Mexico) don't require them.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:38 AM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I don't have a front plate on my Corvette. I'd have to drill holes on my front end.
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Old 03-16-2015, 09:42 AM
 
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Honestly, I thought this post should be titled "Why do SOME states only require ONE license plate?" and that is actually what I googled to find this post.

I think that all cars should have both a front and a rear license plate for *safety* and *accountability* issues. If someone is tailgating you or following you, you or your passenger would want to be able to look and see their tag to report them. If you were a pedestrian and someone tried to run you over, you would want to be able to see their tag. Also in surveillance videos, front tags can help identify drivers that are involved in criminal activities.

Previous posters suggested that issuing two license plates was a money scheme via selling more plates or being able to issue more traffic camera tickets, but that isn't really true. With or without a front plate, the red light cameras can ticket you and states raise the price on the registration stickers to increase tax revenues (something that you have to buy much more frequently than a plate).

So, the real question is: Why don't ALL states require TWO license plates?
I agree with this post, and the bold part is especially true. I moved from a one plate state to a two plate state and the one plate state's plate fees were MUCH higher.
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Old 03-16-2015, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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The only reason states require front license plates is probably due to toll cameras and the red light cameras. The public safety excuse is just to butter you up. An average person will not be able to capture a license number by looking in their rearview window. It's hard enough looking forward through a much a bigger view (your front windshield) than diverting your attention off the road and staring at that tiny rearview window.

So no, I don't want to make it easier for them to fine.
Red light cameras in New Mexico fine you just the same without any front plates. Albuquerque eventually did away with their red light cameras.
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