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And anyone else who might know. I just got my personal tag for my bike and the letters are in red. My other tag was in black. I heard you could order the letters in a certain color for a fee, so I'm thinking it would be ok to paint the letters black myself. Any opinions? :?:

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The answer is No! Painting your plate is "altering" it and is forbidden. Think about it. If you could do it how hard would it be to change that "3" to an "8" or "L" to an "E" and avoid those photo red light tickets? If it were allowed I'm sure you'd see Walmart offering custom made plates with all sorts of crap on them. It's definitely not permitted in New York and for the reasons above, I seriously doubt it would be permitted anywhere. In NY you're not even supposed to put any thing on it, including decals or even clear covers.
 

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Well, I guess that means I'l have to take off the
IF IT"S TOO LOUD
YOUR TOO OLD

sticker then. :cry:
 

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painting or modifying your plate is illegal in all states i think. i know of someone who got in big trouble for painting white over the lobster on his maine plate. he was a pro-animal-rights person that was getting carried away i think...
 

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Those comments being said, its important to remember its not "illegal" its a violation. There is a difference. Like covering the license plate with a clear or smoke plastic cover; its a violation (an equipment violation at that)...
 

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Scubapro said:
Those comments being said, its important to remember its not "illegal" its a violation. There is a difference. Like covering the license plate with a clear or smoke plastic cover; its a violation (an equipment violation at that)...
Fascinating logic! Please explain that one further. Violation means that you have broken a law of some type,in this case a traffic law. To me that means you have done something illegal. The truth is most cops aren't going to bother you for using a clear plate cover. That doesn't mean it's legal. If you get unlucky and run into a cop who had an argument with his wife before he came to work, you might find yourself getting a ticket. Cops are human and have good days and bad days just like every one else. Call it what you want, a ticket, an equipment violation, a summons, a citation or whatever, it's going to cost you time and money. If you have the money and the time to waste, go ahead, do what you want. The money you pay in fines will help reduce everyones taxes.
 

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jim-b wrote:
Fascinating logic! Please explain that one further. Violation means that you have broken a law of some type,in this case a traffic law. To me that means you have done something illegal. The truth is most cops aren't going to bother you for using a clear plate cover. That doesn't mean it's legal. If you get unlucky and run into a cop who had an argument with his wife before he came to work, you might find yourself getting a ticket. Cops are human and have good days and bad days just like every one else. Call it what you want, a ticket, an equipment violation, a summons, a citation or whatever, it's going to cost you time and money. If you have the money and the time to waste, go ahead, do what you want. The money you pay in fines will help reduce everyones taxes.
Jim, I see you are fairly pissed off about a past encounter with a police officer. Truth is most police officers don't write tickets based on there personal life- maybe you just pissed yours off??? :?:

You have a point. an equipment VIOLATION is a good way to POSSIBLY get a ticket- just like clear plate covers. People still use plate covers- do they all get tickets from these immoral police officers of yours?
 

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Ha! That's a laugh. I'm a retired cop and I know how things work. I don't care what you do for a living. The truth is, everyone's personal life has an effect on the way they do their job. I would hardly call a cop who gave you an equipment violation after having a fight with his wife "immoral". I would say he's just doing his job.You did ,after all, commit the violation. What I would also say is that cops are not mindless automatons who react the same way,in any given situation, day in and day out. Whether you like it or not your chances of getting a ticket for the same violation, from the same cop, vary from day to day depending on his mental state. He may have been notified that he is about to be promoted and is on the top of the world,at peace with everyone. He may also have received news that his child has a terminal disease. You have no way of knowing beforehand and it's unlikely he will confide in you afterward.
What it boils down to is this, tickets are a hassle. No one likes to get them and I rarely enjoyed giving them, but it was my job.(Okay,Yes, I'll admit it, there were some dirtbags I really enjoyed giving tickets to) In an average day of patrol a cop sees many more violations than he can possibly issue tickets for. . Some violations, like equipment violations are obvious. Others, like speed and stop signs are often judgement calls. My personal preference was always for aggressive drivers because I considered them the most dangerous. If you want to avoid a ticket don't commit obvious violations and call attention to yourself. A motorcyle with loud pipes is more likely to get a speeding ticket than one with a quiet exhaust. Do you get my drift?
 

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My guess is it is a no no...but check with your state DMV
 

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It must be that way for a reason . :?
If you change it , wouldn't that be like , altering a "controled" document ?
 
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