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Old 09-07-2013, 05:21 PM   #1
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Licence Plate Location

Hey guys, I just installed a rear spare tire carrier on my Class A and need to move my licence plate and light. I want to move it behind the ladder, but will the law enforcers claim obstruct view? I live in Washington State and want to know if it's legal to install the rear licence plate there? Thx

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Old 09-08-2013, 12:01 AM   #2
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Might be worth a phone call to the D.O.T., there may be a height regulation too; and you'd hate to have to move it again.

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Might be worth a phone call to the D.O.T., there may be a height regulation too; and you'd hate to have to move it again.
DOT doesn't enforce the state license laws on private vehicles here in WA. OP needs to call the State Patrol.
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This is an excerpt from Washington State law RCW concerning license plates. If you have any doubts inquire with the Washington State Patrol

RCW 46.16A.200

(5)(a) Display. License plates must be:

(i) Attached conspicuously at the front and rear of each vehicle if two license plates have been issued;

(ii) Attached to the rear of the vehicle if one license plate has been issued;

(iii) Kept clean and be able to be plainly seen and read at all times; and

(iv) Attached in a horizontal position at a distance of not more than four feet from the ground.

(b) The Washington state patrol may grant exceptions to this subsection if the body construction of the vehicle makes compliance with this section impossible.
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Can it be an extension of the spare tire? It could be mounted inside the rim of the spare tire on the carrier bolts. If it is a covered spare tire, a couple grommet holes with appropriate extensions could be made.
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:04 PM   #6
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the exception mentioned above is for construction of the vehicle creating a mounting location problem, not for the 'accessory' you have installed/modified..All plates should be readily visible and not blocked (not dirty also) with anything making in difficult to read.. Remember they have to be lighted at night also, rear plates that is.. If not 'lawful', just gives the LEO a reason to stop and chat (and write?), sometimes at the most inconvenient times http://www.irv2.com/forums/images/sm...coolsmiley.gif

check the state you are registered in applicable DMV sections...

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Just looked up the law in Michigan (On the way to something else that had the same keyword in it).

At least 12 inches from the ground to the bottom of the plate in an area where there is an unobstructed view.

Now Damon put it just above the trailer hitch,, In this position if you are towing a towed it's blocked, If you put a scooter on a "hitch hauler" tray it's blocked, Even my bicycle carrier (A 2" diamater post" blocks it in part. Stupid location.

I moved it up... Just to the right of the "3rd eye" brake light

This is above the car
Above the hitch hauler (Which I used when I did not have a car but which is not trash) and above the bicycle.

I moved the light, right along with the plate so it's well lit.

NOTE Michigan law gave no maximum height.

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