While the improper display of license plate in Oklahoma may seem like a small matter, it is really a safety concern in case of an accident or other roadside incident. In the case of a hit and run, for instance, a witness may have a second or two to look to where a license plate is normally kept and to memorize the number. When a license is not in its normal place, that opportunity may be lost. Therefore, a vehicle’s license plate must be clearly visible at all times in case of an accident or other mishap.
What Oklahoma Law Requires
Oklahoma law requires that a vehicle’s license plate must be securely attached and clearly displayed on the rear of the vehicle. Truck-tractor plates are must be securely attached and clearly displayed on the front of the vehicle. Okla. Stat. tit. 47 § 1113
Clearly visible means that a license plate may not be covered or obscured in any way. That is true even if the material covering it is clear. Likewise, a license plate may not be covered by any material that causes a glare or in any way makes the plate difficult to read.
Sometimes when you get new plates, it can be tempting to put them in the car in a visible spot until you have time to attach them. However, keeping your license plate inside your car (e.g., on the top of your dashboard) is a violation of the law and can get you a citation. Obscuring the numbers if your license plate or covering the plate so that it cannot be read easily can make matters even worse.
Penalties For Improper Display Of License Plate In Oklahoma
While fines and fees for this infraction are minimal, it is always best to remedy the situation as soon as possible. You can get multiple citations and if you ignore the situation, you can lose your car.
The police may seize your car 90 days after the expiration of the annual registration and may keep the car in storage until you can show proof of current license and registration and that all fees have been paid, including the fees for towing and storage of the car. If you fail to show proof and pay all fees, your car may be sold. Okla. Stat. tit. 47 § 1115.1
This is a minor crime that if ignored, can lead to serious circumstances. If you have questions, bring them to an experienced Stillwater criminal law attorney. We have answers for you. We can help you resolve this matter and bring you peace of mind.
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