Here in Connecticut, we are a 2-plate state. The plates must be on the front of the vehicle’s front bumper and the rear bumper or placed on the hatch of the vehicle. Other states may have only one plate, but it still needs to go in the right place on the vehicle.
If you want to add a personalized or designer plate on your car, you just bolt it in in the front. For 2 plate state cars, bolt it on above or below the front license plate, so you won’t get harrassed about it being there.
Designer plate shown below.
In the last few years, I’ve seen an awful lot of plates on the dashboard inside the car, and inside on the rear package tray (rear dash). This is illegal to do, but it doesn’t stop folks from doing it. The law for not having a plate in the rear window, is still on the books. It must be bolted to the license plate area in the rear of the car or truck.
On the vehicle’s front bumper or bumper cover, as it’s now called, there are usually two holes for the license plate to go. If you didn’t get license plate screws, you can get them from the auto parts or hardware store. You can also purchase a license plate bolt kit that also contain tools to help you install the license plate bracket.
In many auto part stores, they have license plate brackets for sale. They aren’t hard to install onto the vehicle or place the license plate on. Some brackets come with screws and others don’t.
You may also obtain a license plate holder. It’s a little different than the bracket, but it does the same job. You install it on the front/rear bumper or hatch, and then put the license plate on it.
The holder usually comes with license plate screws.
You can use a screwdriver to screw in the license plate bolts for the plate or you can use a drill. If you need help, ask someone who is familiar with installing things like that on a vehicle… such as a neighbor who works on their car or someone from the parts store if they aren’t too busy and can help you.
If you are a professional and want to post your business on your license plate, you can order one that you can design yourself or have one designed for you.
Or… if you just want a really cool one!
You can always just buy a regular plate holder and then go to a crafts store such as Micheal’s, Jo-Anne Fabrics or A.C. Moore and get cool items to put on it. They have little sparkly beads, jewels, letters, numbers, characters, or different little items to put on there. It’s also fun to do!
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