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Old 08-05-2014, 11:54 AM   #1
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Front License Plate Myth! Texas

Just got a call from the dealership that my license plates are ready. Just checking if there's any way to ask them not install the front license plate as it ruins the look of the car. Instead can i place the plate on the dash, so that its visible?

I heard that its a $200 fine for not having a front license plate.

Do you all have a front license plate on your Camaro?

I dont want a front license plate!
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:18 PM   #2
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Not sure what the fine is, but no I don't.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:20 PM   #3
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Yes, I put my plate on when they put the law back on the books. Front windshield does not comply with the law. You may want to look at the hide away front plate systems available.
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:38 PM   #4
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I have mine on the dash in the passenger corner it's visible..
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Old 08-05-2014, 12:43 PM   #5
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Hope this clears up some of the confusion.

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DPS has always enforced the automobile license plate law for Texas. The current revision to the law that began September 1st just clarified the maximum fine amount for local jurisdictions. All Texas registered motor vehicles must have a front and rear license plate mounted on the most exterior part of the vehicle. It’s the responsible of the driver to insure the vehicle has a front and rear license plate mounted on the vehicle as describe above before he or she begins traveling on a Texas public roadway. The registered owner/driver must find a way to mount the license plate even though it was purchased without a front bracket or designated area for the front plate. I hope this answers your question.


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Old 08-05-2014, 12:56 PM   #6
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I got pulled over recently and the cop asked why I didn't have a license plate I gave an excuse, and asked if I have ever had a warning about not having a front license plate, and so he gave me a warning and told me if i get pulled over again without a front license plate I would get a ticket for it. I still don't have a front license plate, because I don't care for a front license plate on a camaro.
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:08 PM   #7
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I got pulled over recently and the cop asked why I didn't have a license plate I gave an excuse, and asked if I have ever had a warning about not having a front license plate, and so he gave me a warning and told me if i get pulled over again without a front license plate I would get a ticket for it. I still don't have a front license plate, because I don't care for a front license plate on a camaro.
I hear ya! I would say that anywhere between 5%-10% of all vehicles in this area do not have a front plate. To me, it was just not worth it.

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Here is one of the alternatives that can keep you legal, but also hide the plate when wanted. Just one of the choices.

http://www.hidetheplate.com/
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Old 08-05-2014, 01:56 PM   #8
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I walked out of the dealership with plates in hand. Went to Lowes. Picked up a couple of toggle bolts similar to this http://www.lowes.com/pd_326607-10457...lts&facetInfo=
Except the toggle portion was 1 1/4 inch. I was then able to mount the license plate frame GM provided by sliding the bolts through the top two holes, toggle behind the grill, tighten the toggle down. No holes in bumper. Remove and reinstall easily.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:08 PM   #9
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I took a walk around the 6 Floors of my workplace garage. Almost 20% of the cars missing License plates. Most of them are Infinity's, Merc and Camaro's including mine .

I guess I would go with Manual Hide the plate. its 38$ on Amazon.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:09 PM   #10
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I walked out of the dealership with plates in hand. Went to Lowes. Picked up a couple of toggle bolts similar to this http://www.lowes.com/pd_326607-10457...lts&facetInfo=
Except the toggle portion was 1 1/4 inch. I was then able to mount the license plate frame GM provided by sliding the bolts through the top two holes, toggle behind the grill, tighten the toggle down. No holes in bumper. Remove and reinstall easily.
Looks good. I would like to go with something like this too.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:11 PM   #11
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I got pulled over recently and the cop asked why I didn't have a license plate I gave an excuse, and asked if I have ever had a warning about not having a front license plate, and so he gave me a warning and told me if i get pulled over again without a front license plate I would get a ticket for it. I still don't have a front license plate, because I don't care for a front license plate on a camaro.
Some laws in Texas are weird.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:15 PM   #12
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I hear ya! I would say that anywhere between 5%-10% of all vehicles in this area do not have a front plate. To me, it was just not worth it.

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Here is one of the alternatives that can keep you legal, but also hide the plate when wanted. Just one of the choices.

http://www.hidetheplate.com/
Thanks this works.

btw Your ZL1 looks stunning.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:19 PM   #13
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Both times I've bought my Camaro's and ask the dealers not to mount the plate I signed a paper releasing liability and that I understand the law.

Been driving 10 years with no front plate and pulled over about twice a year. Only 3 times did they ever mention the front plates and they just gave me a warning. All three occurrences it was state trooper.

I refuse to put a plate on my front bumper. It's fugly on the Camaro.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:22 PM   #14
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I walked out of the dealership with plates in hand. Went to Lowes. Picked up a couple of toggle bolts similar to this
Except the toggle portion was 1 1/4 inch. I was then able to mount the license plate frame GM provided by sliding the bolts through the top two holes, toggle behind the grill, tighten the toggle down. No holes in bumper. Remove and reinstall easily.
Looks really good! I thought about going that way, but was concerned about restricting flow to the intercooler. I am just paranoid by nature lol.

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Thanks this works.

btw Your ZL1 looks stunning.
Thank you, hardly ever looks that good, I wish they had not discontinued IBM, that is what I originally ordered. Black sux trying to keep it clean lol.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:29 PM   #15
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Got pulled over in Mesquite by state trooper. I was driving my !987 Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe, on the way to get the oil changed. Only drove the car a couple of times a month. I asked the Trooper, " Would you drill the front end of your Classic Monte" he told me to get out of there and let me go.

Bought a Jacfab no drill front plate bracket for my Camaro convertible. Check them out, excellent product.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:54 PM   #16
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Looks really good! I thought about going that way, but was concerned about restricting flow to the intercooler. I am just paranoid by nature lol.



Thank you, hardly ever looks that good, I wish they had not discontinued IBM, that is what I originally ordered. Black sux trying to keep it clean lol.
Agree.. I hate my own finger prints on the door... May be need to wear chauffeur gloves to open the door.
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Old 08-05-2014, 02:57 PM   #17
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Got pulled over in Mesquite by state trooper. I was driving my !987 Monte Carlo SS Aero Coupe, on the way to get the oil changed. Only drove the car a couple of times a month. I asked the Trooper, " Would you drill the front end of your Classic Monte" he told me to get out of there and let me go.

Bought a Jacfab no drill front plate bracket for my Camaro convertible. Check them out, excellent product.
I guess thats the way, but they are expensive $95 with S&H. The ones on the amazon are pretty cheap but the reviews suck.
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:02 PM   #18
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Yup , not having a front license plate is illegal in Texas again and the fines have increased to $200 for every violation, Read new Transportation Code Sec. 504.947

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.u...htm/TN.504.htm

P.S. .... the hide away license plates are also illegal in Texas, Read new Transportation Code Sec. 504.946
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:31 PM   #19
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the Jacfab is well worth the money. Usualy bolts on with the two 10 mm bolts that hold the bottom of the front bumper on. Made out of aluminum, powder coated black, either angle or flat for plate mount, I prefer the angle. Stainless tag hardware. Real first class. Goes on in less than 10 min.
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:34 PM   #20
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I would just rig something up where it spring hooks on the lower grille. In fact I actually did just that. I actually talked to a cop I see quite often and realized that dash wedging was no longer a good idea since I just confessed a crime! Lol

Bad looks are one thing, but I just can't bare having a hole cut into the bumper.
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Old 08-05-2014, 03:37 PM   #21
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Take a picture of your plate, print it on vinyl, and stick it on.. That started off as a joke, but I may do that since right now I'm breaking the law.
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:22 PM   #22
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I have seen somewhere in the forums where someone mounted earth magnets behind the bumper and mounted his plate that way. If I had the time I would definitely go that route and just slap it on when pulled over.
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Old 08-05-2014, 07:51 PM   #23
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Moving back to GA in two weeks, Camaro is leaving Saturday morning, will take care of those little tag and inspection sticker issues...
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:23 PM   #24
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I have the hideaway plate. The one time I was pulled over for "no plate" I popped it out and the cop thought it was the coolest thing ever.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:40 PM   #25
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first, your car looks amazing!!!!

i had my dealership take it off and replace the bottom grille. he asked me if i was concerned. i said i haven't rocked a front lic. plate in 10 years.

good luck with that. in So Cal the cops have more to worry about with all the BMW owners thinking they actually do own the road than to worry about a California girl in a no-front-plate Camaro.
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