My car was not designed to have a front license plate, can I put it on the windshield?

No. If you live in one of the thirty-two states where you are required to have two plates displayed, then you will need to display the plate securely on the vehicle front as well as in the back, not on the dashboard. The only exceptions are generally antique or special interest cars, so a car not designed for a front plate could well fall under the exception rule. To find out if your car qualifies for an exception, ask your local motor vehicle office.

If your car did not come with a front license plate holder, you can install one yourself. These are also called license plate brackets or mounts and come in kits with the appropriate screws. You may need a drill to install yours. 

However, if you live in one of the eighteen states that don’t require two plates, then you don’t need to worry about displaying the front plate at all. Just make sure the back one is secured.

The states requiring two plates are:

  1. Alaska
  2. California
  3. Colorado
  4. Connecticut
  5. District of Columbia
  6. Hawaii
  7. Idaho
  8. Illinois
  9. Iowa
  10. Maine
  11. Maryland
  12. Massachusetts
  13. Minnesota
  14. Missouri
  15. Montana
  16. Nebraska
  17. Nevada
  18. New Hampshire
  19. New Jersey
  20. New York
  21. North Dakota
  22. Ohio
  23. Oregon
  24. Rhode Island
  25. South Dakota
  26. Texas
  27. Utah
  28. Vermont
  29. Virginia
  30. Washington
  31. Wisconsin
  32. Wyoming

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