Partially Obscured License Plates Are Now Legal In New Jersey

Governor Phil Murphy has signed into law legislation that makes it legal to operate a vehicle with a partially blocked license plate frame or identification marker, so long as it can still reasonably be identified.

Prior to the bill being signed into law, drivers who had license plate frames or brackets that obscured the words “New Jersey” or “Garden State” on the plate were in violation of the law and could be penalized.

However, this new law allows for those words to be partially obscured, as long as police officers can still figure out that the license plate is issued by New Jersey.

501,699 summonses were issued to drivers between 2017 and 2021 for license plate violations, according to the state’s judiciary.

Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, one of the bill’s sponsors, said: “I talked to drivers who’ve been stopped through the years and are told they were stopped because of illegal license plate frames. In almost every instance people have no Idea it’s a law. They’re not aware they’re doing anything wrong.”

Among the bill’s co-sponsors was the late Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, whose 12th District seat is now held by Alex Sauickie of Jackson.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. It used to be that when a cop didn’t want to ticket you for speeding he’ll give you a ticket for having your license plate covered Which costs much less.

    Now we are all gonna get speeding tickets!

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