It’s Not Proposed Legislation, It’s the Law: Replace Your License Plate Every 10 Years

It’s Not Proposed Legislation, It’s the Law: Replace Your License Plate Every 10 Years

by / Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Published in Legal News, Tips

old rusty auto license plates with a white and blue Alaska that is not rusty

Only a few weeks ago we covered a proposed bill that would require all Michigan drivers to replace their license plates after 10 years. Well, the state has spoken and Rick Snyder signed Public Act 179 of 2013 into law.

Traverse City state representative Wayne Schmidt sponsored the bill that goes into effect in the beginning of 2015.

As the bill was proposed to the Senate:

(11) BEGINNING ON JANUARY 1, 2015, A REGISTRATION PLATE ISSUED BY THE DEPARTMENT UNDER THIS SECTION SHALL NOT BE RENEWED 10 YEARS AFTER THE DATE THAT REGISTRATION PLATE WAS ISSUED. THE OWNER OF A VEHICLE WHOSE REGISTRATION PLATE IS NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR RENEWAL UNDER THIS SUBSECTION SHALL OBTAIN A REPLACEMENT REGISTRATION PLATE UPON PAYMENT OF THE FEE REQUIRED UNDER SECTION 804. FOR ANY ALPHANUMERIC SERIES THAT THE DEPARTMENT HAS RETIRED FROM CIRCULATION, UPON REQUEST OF THE OWNER OF A VEHICLE WHOSE REGISTRATION PLATE IS NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR RENEWAL UNDER THIS SUBSECTION, THE DEPARTMENT MAY ISSUE A NEW REGISTRATION PLATE WITH THE SAME REGISTRATION NUMBER AS WAS DISPLAYED ON THE EXPIRED REGISTRATION PLATE AS PROVIDED UNDER SECTION 803B.

The bill aims to keep license plates more tightly regulated and ensure that all people have properly displayed plates that aren’t eroding.

Is it against the law to have something cover your license plate in Michigan?

Yes:

(2) A registration plate shall at all times be securely fastened in a horizontal position to the vehicle for which the plate is issued so as to prevent the plate from swinging. The plate shall be attached at a height of not less than 12 inches from the ground, measured from the bottom of the plate, in a place and position which is clearly visible. The plate shall be maintained free from foreign materials that obscure or partially obscure the registration information, and in a clearly legible condition.

As the law is written, your license plate must:

  • Hang at least 12 inches above the ground
  • The plate must be free of any and all debris
  • The license plate should be attached in such a way that it’s securely fastened to prevent swinging

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  • jack smith

    This is just another example of the government bums micromanaging every aspect of a persons life. The law enforcement bums wanted this law. Along with the law and order conservative jerk offs. This law is designed to help police use their new plate readers to catch people with outstanding traffic ticket warrants. The politicians that supported this are all idiots. How about coming up with a solution to fix the roads instead! How about we lay off police in places where the crime rate does not justify such a large police presence. And why does the state treasury not go after government employees who have not paid their income tax? Plates being more than ten years old is a non issue. What a complete waste of time. I say we pass a law making the state legislature a part time operation, instead of the current full time format. Also, we should cut their pay in half, and take away their free healthcare that they receive for life on the tax payers dime! All government pay and benefits should be reduced.

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