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    Default No Plate Ticket in Washington

    My question involves vehicle maintenance laws for the State of: Washington

    I was recently issued a ticket for not having a "front plate." However my plate was in the front windshield very clearly conspicuous. The statute is RCW 46.240.16. In this it says nothing about not being in the windshield, but it does state, I believe 3 or 4 requirements for my plate, which it satisfies. I have a couple questions...

    1. The ticket says "No front plate", is this filled out properly?
    2. Is my plate legal in the windshield?
    3. Would it be treated as a fix-it ticket if I just put it on?

    Thanks, and I know everyone just says "Put it on the car" but I like the natural lines of my car and the front plate disrupts that.

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    Default Re: No Plate Ticket in Washington

    I expect that the officer will argue that "behind the windshield" is not "the front" of the vehicle, and perhaps also that the plate could not be plainly seen and read at all times.
    Quote Quoting RCW 46.16.240. Attachment of plates to vehicles — Violations enumerated
    The vehicle license number plates shall be attached conspicuously at the front and rear of each vehicle for which the same are issued and in such a manner that they can be plainly seen and read at all times. However, if only one license number plate is legally issued for any vehicle such plate shall be conspicuously attached to the rear of such vehicle. Each vehicle license number plate shall be placed or hung in a horizontal position at a distance of not more than four feet from the ground and shall be kept clean so as to be plainly seen and read at all times. In cases where the body construction of the vehicle is such that compliance with this section is impossible, permission to deviate therefrom may be granted by the state patrol. It shall be unlawful to display upon the front or rear of any vehicle, vehicle license number plate or plates other than those furnished by the director for such vehicle or to display upon any vehicle any vehicle license number plate or plates which have been in any manner changed, altered, disfigured or have become illegible. License plate frames may be used on vehicle license number plates only if the frames do not obscure license tabs or identifying letters or numbers on the plates and the plates can be plainly seen and read at all times. It is unlawful to use any holders, frames, or any materials that in any manner change, alter, or make the vehicle license number plates illegible. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate any vehicle unless there shall be displayed thereon valid vehicle license number plates attached as herein provided.

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