Policy Position on License Plates Should Not Be Obscured

License plates should not be obscured in any way that interferes with the official duties of law enforcement or tolling authorities, or makes them illegible from a distance of no less than 75 feet. AAMVA opposes the use of any covers for license plates because such covers create reflections which obscure the characters and identifying elements of the plate. The Association recommends license plates be mounted and lighted in such a way as not to interfere with, nor be obscured by anything such as dirt, snow, attachments of trailer hitches and other coupling devices. The Association recommends license plate frames not cover any part of the plate numerals, letters, validations tabs, or other identifying elements unique to a plate’s design.  

[Amended 2019]