[3] 17 - Improper or Missing Plates/Registration

  • All motor vehicles must have a visible and valid (registered) license plate on the rear of a motor vehicle when operating or parked/stopped on a public road.

  • License plates may not be obstructed or obfuscated in any way.

  • License plates must match the VIN and motor vehicle make/model which they are attached to.

  • Front license plates are optional.

  • Government exempt plates are only permitted for vehicles owned and operated by the government.

  • Temporary "dealer" / "paper" plates, or blank plates are not permitted for private or commercial use.

For more information about plates, see the definitions tab at the top of the penal code.

Infraction Sentence: None Fine: $100


An ATV, dirt-bike, or off-roading vehicle does not require registration, nor shall the driver require a driving license, to operate on roads or trials within a state/national forest/park. Also, for the purpose of a public road, using a crosswalk and/or moving a non-roadworthy vehicle from one side of the road-edge (or sidewalk) to the other is not considered 'driving' it on that public.

A trailer does not require a license plate, though it may optionally have one.

Tractors are exempt from this code.

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