Front and rear plates are required for most classes of vehicles, while only rear plates are required for motorcycles and trailers. Join Ilan and 9,543 supporters today. In 1956, the United States, Canada, and Mexico came to an agreement with the American Association of Motor Vehicle Administrators, the Automobile Manufacturers Association and the National Safety Council that standardized the size for license plates for vehicles (except those for motorcycles) at 6 inches (15 cm) in height by 12 inches (30 cm) in width, with standardized mounting holes. Issuance of front plates resumed in 1947. If your plate is unreadable, you can be subject to a fine. Drivers under 21 subject to New Jersey's Graduated Driver License (GDL) requirements: It is also possible to have a serial from an older plate remade on a plate of a newer design.[4]. Here are a few reasons why this would be beneficial: Cost: The cost of producing and distributing 2 license plates to each driver would be saved, according to, the cost varies state to state, but the estimates are between $.50-$5.50 per set. Current highest serial seen: 4F5X8 (on October 7, 2018). Issued annually through 1972. Base revised in 2007 – rim is no longer embossed and has updated Pirates logo. centered at top, Embossed white serial on black plate; "N.J.−1932." Vanity variants also issued, with serial of owner's choice preceded by stacked O/L prefix. License plate frames! FX123AA (farm use). As above, but with state-shaped separator added to serial. You will receive plates when you register your vehicle for the first time. NJ residents: No longer require front license plates in NJ,,,,, This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google. You can request: 1. Proposed content for the bill — admittedly I had trouble locating the law for displaying both plates: (1) Vehicles registered in NJ are required to display a single plate on the rear of the vehicle in a manner where it is clearly visible and in its manufacturer designated location. After some research, I have created a breakdown of the license plate frame laws in all 50 states. Discontinued in the late 1990s; regular Omnibus plates issued to NJ Transit buses since. What’s more, police can charge vehicle owners or lessees for the towing and storage expense of an unregistered vehicle. The only exception is the placing of an EZPass transponder on the front license plate. If you have violated license plate laws, it will usually result in a traffic ticket. ; punishment. New Jersey required the use of plate decals for a few years, beginning with November 2000 expiration dates, but has not required them on passenger cars since October 1, 2004. Official Site of The State of New Jersey. Vanity and Courtesy variants also issued. Issued to airport vans and ride-share vehicles. "STATE GOVT" legend. Current highest serial seen: OL6254K (on April 5, 2020). Throughout the years, politicians have established some pretty strange policies, many of which may have you scratching your head. New Jersey defines a motorized bicycle or moped* as a pedal bicycle that:. Trailers and Motorcycles require only one license plate. Bulletproof vests and all other body armor can be purchased online or face-to-face. Absent this regulation, motorists would no longer be required to drill into their bumpers and would ultimately save the state money on production costs -- even factoring in the $100 fine currently in place for those who do not follow the law. Reducing our consumption reduces waste and reduces pollution. Vehicles, Licensing, Registration and Regulations . Requiring drivers to drill into their brand new or used car is a painful experience and many car owners prefer to not do so, which ultimately results in civil disobedience but without redress. Series DLA through DSZ and DUA through DZZ used on these plates. Fines for a first offense could reach $100.00; the maximum for a second or subsequent offense is $200.00. Between 2001 and 2004, plates used, As above, but without black outlines at top corners. [8], XY123AA (farmer) On average, the hourly salary of state police officers is $31.83 ( The current fine for not having a front plate is $100 and according to, in 2014, of the 87,591 written violations, 72,188 plead guilty. Serials became screened at S2-U100. close. Embossed buff serial with state-shaped separator on non-reflective medium blue plate; "NEW JERSEY" centered at top. centered at top, Embossed silver serial on black plate; "N.J.−1938" centered at top, Embossed bright orange serial on black plate; vertical "NJ 39" at right. Current highest serial seen: 83-ZH (on October 21, 2020). Replaced by Limousine in late 2000. (Photo Source: Wikipedia) ALPRs have been around for years and have become more and more popular with law enforcement. This, however, is a highly unlikely scenario since officers often pull cars over from behind and traffic cameras are positioned to view the rear plate. (1)(a) Should the vehicle not have a designated location, the owner must display the plate prominently without obstructing his rearward visibility and the plate must be lit by license plate specific lighting. Embossed light green serial on black plate; vertical "NJ 40" at right, Embossed white serial on black plate; "N.J. '41" roughly centered at bottom, Embossed yellow serial on black plate; "N.J. 1942" roughly centered at bottom, Revalidated for 1943 with white-on-black tabs, due to metal conservation for, Embossed black serial on straw-colored plate; "N.J. '44" roughly centered at bottom. The U.S. state of New Jersey first required its residents to register their motor vehicles in 1903. Current highest serial seen: W163-S1 (on January 6, 2021). Last issued 2010. As above but changed to 6" x 12" size, and with stacked "NJ" embossed at right. A few have slipped by, staying on the books by oversight. If our plates cost more than ~$2 to manufacture, we would save money by not requiring the front plate at all. Last issued 1973, but revalidated until at least 1980. XA123AA (commercial) Vanity variants also issued. This applies to both the front and rear plates on a vehicle. All-numeric serials used from 1936 onwards. NOTE: Some licenses are issued in the name of the business, not an individual. Issued to small buses transporting passengers to and from hotels. If possible, I would be interested in the state exploring a more sustainable method of producing license plates via recycling. New Jersey law divides vehicles that must bear commercial plates into different categories. We are often asked if novelty license plate frames or license plate covers are legal in certain states. Some older NJSP touring cars were stated to display a placard or "title sign" affixed to the car, which was used in addition to the passenger plates of the day. Last issued 1962; stickers used for boat registration since at least 1973. NJ currently requires two license plates on each registered vehicle. Essex County used E in the second position following E99999; this practice continued through 1930. The following curious items were once, or are currently, illegal, despite how ridiculous they might seem. New Jersey is one of 31 states that require vehicles to have front and rear license plates and the law is pretty specific on where they are to be mounted on the vehicle and how. Current highest serial seen: V968157 (on January 15, 2021). Environment:Simply put, manufacturing plates requires resources and resources are sparse. Used on signs and billboards. Last issued 1942. It is recommended that this document be maintained in farmers’ commercial vehicles when traveling in New York State. As of December 2011, there were a total of 6,628,080 registered vehicles in NJ ( If we are to assume that costs would be halved, that would be a total savings of at least $1,657,020 and as much as $18,227,220. ( Whats worth noting is that this included violations that carried the much higher $500 fine for displaying fictitious plates, so the numbers are actually a bit higher than what is relevant here. (2) Where a vehicle is registered at the MVC, the recipient will receive a license plate designated for the rear but may request a second license plate for the sole purpose of displaying it on the front of the vehicle for an additional cost to be determined by the state legislature. Under New Jersey law, more specifically, N.J.S.A. New Jersey MVC car tag fees vary depending on a vehicle’s model year, weight class and license plate type. Uses same prefix as previously issued Center for Food Action plates, of which less than 100 were registered. Serials became screened at around Q7000. All permit or probationary (formerly provisional) drivers under age 21 must display a reflectorized decal on each license plate (front/back) of any motor vehicle they operate (P.L. 'D', 'H', 'T' and 'X' series reserved for Dealer, Handicapped, Trailer and Commercial plates respectively, and 'S' series for optional Shore to Please plate. We find that the state spends $7.96 to the officer for the 15 minutes and $697,005.38 for the total stops in a given year. Serials became screened at AS-100A. Current serial format began 2004; serials became screened at TNN-10A. You can request standard plates for $6 or dedication plates for $11. Lastly, we deduct revenue generated from violations from the potential savings from manufacture(I’m assuming we fall somewhere in the middle of cost per plate, so roughly $2.75 per plate): $9,113,610 (savings) - $6,521,794.62 (revenue) = + $2,591,815.38 <— the state would profit by getting rid of front license plates. Vehicle (or license) plates are a metal plate attached to a vehicle or trailer for official identification purposes. Current highest serial seen: XKN-Z47 (on December 23, 2020). 'T' series reserved for Trailer plates. Plates usually feature state seals either side of the number. Same design as regular Temporary plates, but smaller. The words “Garden State” were almost wholly obscured by the license plate frame and the words “New Jersey” were obstructed in a “minimal way.” As a result, defendant was issued a citation for violating N.J.S.A. EDITORIAL: New AG should examine license plate, windshield laws Criminal defense attorney Ian Goldman, a former Ocean County prosecutor, advocated … First use of the full state name on passenger plates. No slogans were used on passenger plates during the period covered by this subsection. Governor Sheila Oliver . 39:3–33, prohibiting obstruction of “any marking imprinted” on a vehicle license plate. No longer issued, as the Garden State Parkway is now under the purview of the Turnpike Authority.