A new regulation implemented in North Carolina made it legal for motorists to display Raised License Plates which contains offensive words, vulgarity, or racial slurs. The new legislation took effect in January of 2009, but until now, motorists have been charged only with a misdemeanor for obstructing an already displayed license plate. Drivers who were caught blocking a license plate were arrested for misdemeanor obstruction.
According to NC Statute N.C.G.S.A. Section 6-6-5, “it shall be unlawful for any person, firm, association or organization in this State to display or cause to be displayed, for sale, distribution or other transfer of ownership a raised license plate frame or similar decal on a vehicle or personal property owned or leased by that person, firm, association or organization without first obtaining the written consent of the Secretary of State in accordance with the provisions of this chapter.” According to the same statute, “a violation of this section is a Class I misdemeanor.” In addition, it is unlawful for anyone to knowingly display a raised license plate frame on a vehicle without receiving the necessary consent from the Secretary of State. Violation of this statute is punishable by a fine of not more than one thousand dollars or by imprisonment for not more than one year, or both.
There are several reasons why a person may need to raise his or her license plate frame. If a motorist has an expired license plate and is trying to sell it because the plates have run out, the person must obtain the proper license plate number from the Department of Motor Vehicles before displaying the frame. Also, a driver whose plates are being transferred from one vehicle to another must first obtain the proper license plate number in order to prevent confusion among the parties involved.
If a motorist is trying to obtain a special permit that enables him or her to place a raised license plate frame on their car, the person will need to apply for and receive a plate number that is different from the one being used. It is important to obtain this plate number before requesting a special permit from the Secretary of State. This is because the Department of Motor Vehicles holds the most information about plate numbers.
Another situation where a raised license plate frame is needed is when a motorist needs to place a license plate on a vehicle that is currently not being driven. In this case, the person must contact the Department of Motor Vehicles in order to obtain a plate number in order to place the frame on a car. In addition, the person will need to complete a special form that is required by the Department in order to obtain a plate number that is not currently being used.
For example, if the plate is on the rear of a car and the car is not in use, the license plate number for this car can be obtained from the Department of Motor Vehicles. However, if the car is not in use, the person must apply for a plate number by contacting the Department of Motor Vehicles. Once the plate number has been obtained, the individual must contact the department in order to obtain a plate that is different from the one for the current vehicle.
Many times when someone is purchasing a license plate, they may also need to purchase an additional plate for the same vehicle if it was previously owned by another individual. It is important to purchase a new plate number for a car that does not have an existing license plate because the person must contact the Department of Motor Vehicles in order to get a new license plate number. In addition, the person may need to purchase a new license plate for a vehicle that is not yet in use.
In North Carolina, it is very important for a person to obtain a license plate frame so that the plates do not become covered up during traffic jams. Some drivers like to cover their license plate frame with a vehicle decal so that they can display their favorite car while they are on the road. However, others may have to purchase a new license plate or request that their previous plate be taken off of their car in order to keep their frame covered.