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    Law Change - Texas front license plate no longer required?

    When I received my car the front license plate mounting bracket was not installed on the car but they did include the license plate mount and kit.
    I called Tesla Service and was told that the Houston Service rep would call me. Well, he called me today and told me that it would be a couple of weeks before he could get down to Corpus. I told him that I just hope that I do not get a ticket between now and then. He then replied that he was with the understanding that the law has changed and that a front license plate is no longer required in Texas. He told me not to hold him to it but that he was pretty sure that the law had recently changed. I told him that I would call the DPS and inquire about the current law regarding the front license plate. I also told him to cancel my work order until I figure out what the law really is and that if it is not required...I don't want to mount it. I'll call DPS in the morning and let everyone know.
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    That would be awesome! I think that is only partially true though. There was something left out of the legislation that created a loophole where you technically don't need a front plate this year (2012) but try explaining that to someone writing you a ticket. You'd still have to take time out of your day to fight it. I'm sure they'll immediately fix that when they get back in session but I hope they don't.

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    Texas Lawmakers Accidentally Omit 2 License Plate Law
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    I understand that they are not required/I don't want to install one. That's my stance and it is not changing !?!?!
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    There are many people who don't. They will likely change back to the way it used to be next year (they'll close the loophole). I'm hoping someone comes with a non-destrucitve way to mount the front plate so I can remove it when I want to. I'm really hoping they finally do away with the law but I doubt they'll allow that to happen.
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    I will probably mount one. That is, unless it becomes well known that Texas abolishes it. I had a red Italian car for a long time and did not have a plate mounted on the front of it. For six years, I never got a ticket. Now, granted, I drove it three to five times a month, so that may have something to do with it (as I will be driving the Whitestar - remember that name - daily).

    I will go with the Skene Design method, unless something better comes along. Not hip to the zip-ties method, but it may prove to be beneficial if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sublimaze1 View Post

    I will go with the Skene Design method, unless something better comes along. Not hip to the zip-ties method, but it may prove to be beneficial if needed.
    Did you ever see this one? Mounted on the bottom-most bumper area...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Babylonfive View Post
    Did you ever see this one? Mounted on the bottom-most bumper area...
    Looks interesting, but I'd probably scrape it off parking somewhere.
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    I've not had a front plate on my last 2 cars (both daily drivers, over a 5 yr period), never been pulled over for it, or been ticketed for it when I've -ahem- been pulled over for speeding. I'm certainly not putting front plates on my Model S.
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    When I got my inspection yesterday the owner asked me if I was going to install a license plate on the front and I said no. He said that, YES, TX law states that you must have one. However, in his 70+ years in Texas he has never had a car with a front license plate. Bottom line - I guess they just don't enforce it. I'll take my chances.

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    Glasses can look cute sometimes. Maybe braces would be more appropriate
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