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