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Old 08-25-2015, 05:36 AM
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Default Why do people put 'clear?' plastic covers over their vehicle license plates?

I was just wondering what the rationale is for installing a (sort of) clear plastic cover over your vehicle's license plate.

Please educate me. ;?
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I see the dark tinted things over them all the time. Do not understand it because if your a criminal it stands out and if your not its illegal and you will get stopped for it. Only thing I can think of is to deter a thief from taking your plates. Or to get away with a crime at night.
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I've put a cover on a front plate to keep the plate clean, but it's a vintage license plate on an antique car. In my state, only one license plate is issued for car registration and it goes on the rear.

I don't know why most people put frames around plates or clear covers over the plates, but both are illegal in Michigan if they obstruct view of any part of the official license plate. Yet, car dealers routinely put illegal frames on the plates of cars they sell..
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some of them are supposedly "laser" resistant or whatever...not sure if it works or not.
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It blurs the image at red light cameras and speed cameras
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stop light cameras
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Not sure if we are talking about the same thing, but some of those are such that the plate numbers are only legible from directly behind the vehicle and not off to one side or the other. I have been told this is to foil traffic & restricted lane cameras.
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So basically those people are Hoodlums?
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Originally Posted by Onewolf View Post
So basically those people are Hoodlums?
I'm not sure if I would go that far. Some would argue that a government collecting taxes mechanically is hoodlum status.
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Easier to clean and keep people from stealing the registration stickers( this is a big problem in some neighborhoods around here)
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I have been reading a lot about license plate scanners. These are public and private and collect massive amounts of data about your cars whereabouts. There are billions of these pictures taken. Currently LEO and Repo guys are the ones really benefitting from all of this data. Some people take issue with this and license plate covers are one way to avoid your cars whereabouts being documented. Not sure if it works or if it is a tin hat solution. Also, I am on the fence on whether I really care. I don't break the law and pay my debts so it doesn't affect me to have my cars location at a given time known. But, it does seem a little over reaching.
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I have clear covers on my plates. Totally clear, and totally flat, and I use very thin chrome frames with no logo's etc..

I use them for two reasons: First is cosmetic - it gives the plate a nice finished look. The second is practical - in several urban areas I frequent it is common for lowlifes to steal the sticker off plates. With my cover/frame you need to remove it from the vehicle, then disassemble the frame to get the sticker. Not quick and easy, so they move on to an easier target.
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In my state the annual renewal tags we get used to come pre-cut in some random pattern so that if a scofflaw were to try to peel it off, they would just get a bunch of useless little shards of the sticker. These days, they come in one piece. I wouldn't bother putting a plastic cover over the plates though. I just make sure my current registration is in the glove compartment.
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Originally Posted by richeerich View Post
In my state the annual renewal tags we get used to come pre-cut in some random pattern
In MD, they put the license plate number on the sticker.
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Most are built with a pattern in them that does not reflect light back straight. When lazing the plate which, is the first place a Leo aims his gun at, the beam is dispersed. The reflective qualities in a lisc plate are great for lazing. Then the Leo moves to headlights as the mirror backing reflects the beam well and then next to the drivers body or any other good flat surface.
Now at least in fl and ga a plate cover is illegal. No interpretation necessary. Nothing can cover the plate. A lisc plate frame can only cover the very edges and no hamper visibility of stickers.
Used to be good pc to pull someone over but not too many people use them anymore.
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Originally Posted by richeerich View Post
In my state the annual renewal tags we get used to come pre-cut in some random pattern so that if a scofflaw were to try to peel it off, they would just get a bunch of useless little shards of the sticker. These days, they come in one piece. I wouldn't bother putting a plastic cover over the plates though. I just make sure my current registration is in the glove compartment.
Florida's a one piece. I just slice mine with a razor blade in several places. Some scumbag will come away with a sticky jigsaw puzzle if he gets mine.
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http://photomaskcover.myshopify.com/...-plate-blocker
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My license frame says MY OTHER RIDE IS A CESSNA.

I don't really fly or even like flying, but when a chick asks if I have a plane or am I a pilot, I usually say yes unless she is unattractive.
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Originally Posted by BlueRudy View Post
My license frame says MY OTHER RIDE IS A CESSNA.

I don't really fly or even like flying, but when a chick asks if I have a plane or am I a pilot, I usually say yes unless she is unattractive.
Damn, I figured it said; PIIHB
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Originally Posted by northernoffshore View Post

If those really work, I guess you don't have to pay the Florida tolls anymore.

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