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When a car is purchased, the license plate doesn’t come with it immediately. The owner has to get hold of a temporary license plate for some time until the original and permanent number plate arrives. The temporary plates are usually made of paper and are valid for thirty to forty days or until the arrival of the actual license plates.

In many cases, whenever you buy a new vehicle from a supplier, it is they who take care of issuing a temporary license plate to you. If you buy a car from any private individual, you have to arrange for the plate yourself from the Motor Vehicle Department.

You can contact your insurance company. Always inform the authorities that you have purchased a new car. The insurance company can transfer your insurance policy for your sake.

Schedule an appointment with the local motor vehicle department. You need to apply for a temporary number plate when you are registering your vehicle. In most of the cases, certain things are required such as insurance proof, bill of sale showing that you have paid the sales tax and the title of the vehicle.

You must pay any related applicable fees. Most of the states need a nominal fee for the temporary plates. You must display the temporary plate in a prominent way on your car. It can be taped directing outward of the car’s rear window. You can also stick it on the license plate frame.

You have to be ready to display the proof of sales tax that has been paid.

Temporary License Plate

Let’s get some knowledge about the warnings:

Every state has separate laws about the requirements of the temporary plate. You need to check with your own state’s Department of Motor Vehicle.

Never drive your car on the public road without license plates. You will have to pay a heavy fine.

Does the configuration of the temporary license plates match with the permanent license plates?

No, they don’t match. The temporary plates possess an alpha/numeric configuration that is unique. The overall dimensions are the same as those of the permanent plates.

The validity of the temporary plate:

It is valid for 90 days starting after the date of sales, or until the owner gets the permanent license plate and the registration card.

Does the client become liable for any charges for the temporary plate?

No, he/she is not.

The expiry date of the temporary plate:

The temporary plate does display an expiry date that is month/day/year of the 90 days from the vehicle sale’s date.

If you don’t receive the permanent license plate within 90 days, you must go to the dealership for solving the issues. If you don’t receive a satisfactory answer, you must register a complaint with the DMV. You have to make use of the Record of Complaint Form (INV 172A). You will get it on the DMV website.

If you display an expired temporary license plate, you will be issued a correctable offence citation that is quite similar to the citation you receive for showing expired registration or not showing any permanent license plate.

The penalty you have to pay for not displaying permanent or temporary license plate can vary depending on the country where such a violation happened. The fine can range from $25 along with a proof of correction and up to $197 without the correction proof. Even, the drivers may get many tickets if they delay the correction.

Let’s get in touch with the security features of the temporary license plates:

There is a QR Code with certain information that is embedded in the temporary plates for making them troublesome to counterfeit.

The legitimate temporary plates are connected to a DMV database that recognises the purchaser and the vehicle’s description.

The temporary license plates show the sale number’s report that must match the sale number’s report pointed on the temporary identification part of the report of sale that is linked to the windshield.

If the temporary license plates are reported stolen or lost, the buyers of the cars must contact the licensed dealer where the purchase has taken place. The dealer will cancel the temporary plate that is stolen or lost and issue you a new one. The data will be updated and reach the law that the previous one doesn’t exist or valid anymore.

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