License Plates and Registration

Passenger vehicles, trucks and vans must display two plates, one on the front, and one on the rear. License plate frames should not cover any of the information on the license plate, and covers over the plate are not allowed. When you apply for registration for your vehicle, you are given a temporary permit, which must be displayed in the same place and manner as a rear license plate. The temporary permit is valid for 90 days from the date it is issued, although it may be reissued if the plates do not arrive within 90 days.

Renewal of Registration

Owners may receive a reminder about 60 days before their plates are set to expire. Renewing can take place online, by mail, at a Secretary of State’s office, or by calling a toll-free number that is on the expiration reminder.  Owners are encouraged to immediately affix the renewal sticker to the upper right side of the rear license plate. If it is not displayed properly, law enforcement may stop the driver and issue a ticket.

What is the penalty?

This violation is considered a non-moving violation and is a petty offense. The penalty for driving with expired registration is a $90 fine. Additionally, a person renewing their registration over 30 days late will be charged a $20 late registration fee. This type of violation does not normally affect your insurance costs too terribly, but any violation that appears on your driving record could raise rates.

If you have been cited for invalid plates or expired registration, contact Giannola Legal today for a consultation.