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Old 03-29-2011, 03:38 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI / Grover Beach, CA
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Hello there!
I have been viewing this forum for some time, and thought I'd go ahead and register I have been looking around for this answer for a very long time (even asked the Secretary of State over email... and got no response)... so please do excuse me if this is a duplicate thread

I have a few expired license plates from other states that I'd like to put on the front of my car. I have a few plates that I have gained through the years from Colorado and Iowa. I also have some of the blue Michigan plates. I do see people here (Lansing area) with plates on the front of their car from other states... and even expired Michigan plates. Before I go ahead and do this... I would like to know if it is legal. I'd imagine that it is considering how many people I see with old license plates on the front of their car.

If it isn't legal to put other states plates (That are expired with no tags), is it at least legal to put up some old Michigan plates?

Thanks for reading my question
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Cumming, Georgia
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One of my former neighbors put an out of state plate on the front of the car. I guess it's OK, like a vanity plate.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:31 PM
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Location: Phoenix,AZ
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You can put anything that you want on your front bumper.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:34 PM
 
Location: SE Michigan
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It is legal to have a plate from another state (and presumably, old Michigan plates) on the front of your car. I have lived in Michigan for almost ten years and one of my vehicles still has the front plate from my former state; I have been assured by both a cop and the secretary of state's office that it's fine.
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Old 03-29-2011, 05:42 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI / Grover Beach, CA
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Thank you all for the replies! It's nice to know that I can do this without being penalized.
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Old 03-29-2011, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Northwest Lower Michigan
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My sister who lives in this area had an old California plate on the front of her car once. She got stopped for it and they didn't give her a ticket but they told her to remove it.

But I work with a guy who for years has had a Michigan plate from the 60s on the front of his Blazer and has never been hassled for it.
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Old 03-29-2011, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Lansing, MI / Grover Beach, CA
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Oh my... well perhaps I should double check with the Secretary of State... just to be safe. I'm pretty sure that there is not a problem with it... but I should do that anyways.

Thanks!
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Old 03-30-2011, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Grand Rapids Metro
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Oh my... well perhaps I should double check with the Secretary of State... just to be safe. I'm pretty sure that there is not a problem with it... but I should do that anyways.

Thanks!
There is no law against it. Dealerships all over the state put their own plates on the front of cars for advertising. Any cop who pulls you over for that is an idiot and should study up on the law a bit more (and find real criminals).
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:28 AM
 
Location: Ypsilanti, MI
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I would think it is against the law.

Police in MI likely can differentiate an old Michigan plate from a current one and know the front plate is not real. There is no reason to expect they could know that an out of state plate is for vanity purposes only. Since many states still issue dual plates, you should not put any plate on the front of your car that could be mistaken as a current plate.
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Old 03-30-2011, 09:53 AM
 
Location: West Michigan
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I would think it is against the law.

Police in MI likely can differentiate an old Michigan plate from a current one and know the front plate is not real. There is no reason to expect they could know that an out of state plate is for vanity purposes only. Since many states still issue dual plates, you should not put any plate on the front of your car that could be mistaken as a current plate.
I actually think it is the opposite.

From what I understand, Michigan police officers only look at the back plate, no matter what state you are from. Technically, they treat all motorists the same, and since Michigan only requires a back plate, they don't use the front plate to identify vehicles, even if it happens to be an out of state car with a front plate. Your front plate might as well be some paint splashed on the front of your bumper, as far as they are concerned. They don't care what you have there. At least that's how it was explained to me.

Now I want to find a link to the actual info to set this straight once and for all!
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