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      07-11-2008, 10:41 AM   #1
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No front license plate in VA, is that ok?

hey guys, i just got my car shipped to me from Chicago, however, it's not drilled for front license plate (and i actually would prefer to keep it that way if possible).

i know it's required to have front license plate in VA, so what do you guys do about it? i'm sure there are ways around it other than drilling the bumper?

want to get some ideas on this.

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Front plate is legally required. A lot of DC metro folks would rather drill their own hand than their front bumper though , potentially risking habitual fix-it tickets from Virgina's (and also DC and MD's) finest. Another alternative to drilling while maintaing law compliance, is the front tow hook plate mount (slightly offset).
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You can use double sided tape or the tow hook mounting kit.

Or you can pay the $87 fine every time you get caught for not having this.
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I got busted for it, chump change...just minor inconvenience...



Just don't drive drunk without front tags, get pulled over and u puke on the cop..
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I got busted for it, chump change...just minor inconvenience...



Just don't drive drunk without front tags, get pulled over and u puke on the cop..
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Yup, when that hapens


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Just close you eyes one time and drill the damn hole like me It doesnt hurt that bad
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lol, that's more like me right before taking a big shot. i hate needles and im sure my baby wont wanna get drilled too.

oh well, i dont think there is any way around it.
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just use double side tape
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double sided tape, how secure is that?
I don't think i have had front tags since 2000 on most of my cars.
if u r car is dropped , tinted and you are chilling the cop will find reasons to get you.
if you drive by and bother no body - you will be taking ur chances.

also the cops in the area got put of traffic duty a lot more lately. i see them 2x 3x a day on my 3 mile ride.
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yup, car is dropped, tinted, wheels, and exhast..lol. i guess it be smarter to have taggs now.. i'm going to Sterling bmw to get it drilled next week... tears..
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yup, car is dropped, tinted, wheels, and exhast..lol. i guess it be smarter to have taggs now.. i'm going to Sterling bmw to get it drilled next week... tears..



Just use double sided tape...mine has been on for 6 months now and it's not going anywhere....and it has been tested at 150mph



You drill it you are going to depreciate the value of the car some, i know i wouldn't buy a used car with holes drill in front bumper.
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I remember when I had just purchased my 330ci. The next night I got pulled over for not having front tags.

Its just not worth the trouble
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No need to drill holes in the front. I bought a set of L shaped brackets that mount via holes drilled from the bottom of the fender, so when you remove the brackets the holes are not visible.

I forget where I ordered them (online) so I'll post them later this week when I'm back home and can inspect them.
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does anyone know or familiar with the so called tow hitch license plate frame/holder??

i didnt get my bumper drilled and i want to keep it that way.. any help?
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KL2DC, i see you mentioned about tow hook plate mount - can you tell me more about it or have a link where i can get it?
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nvm, i did some research.. i dont think i like the look of having my plate on the side of the bumper.. just doesnt look right.

i may have found a better solution, will post the result after i give it a try
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WTF, I read this post and I got a ticket the next day!!!!!

Now no license plate ticket is a 3 point moving violation......

http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/ci...s/points_3.asp
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im' sorry dude. i'm been real careful as well. since i'm going away on vacation im just parking it at my buddy's house and not worry about it. hopefully my taggs will arrive soon (and my new tag holder
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WTF, I read this post and I got a ticket the next day!!!!!

Now no license plate ticket is a 3 point moving violation......

http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/ci...s/points_3.asp
I'm pretty sure they meant driving with NO plates.
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.. for it seems a little extreme, but we like to confirm what your ticket says
bcoz its getting everyone here paranoid
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.. for it seems a little extreme, but we like to confirm what your ticket says
bcoz its getting everyone here paranoid
My ticket says LAW SECTION 42.2-715 Fail to display license plates

25 bucks plus $62 processing fee




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