Which States Require a Front License Plate?

January 27, 2012

The United States have been requiring license plates to identify vehicles for over a century now, but not all are front license plate states. More states are requiring vehicles to have license plates on the front and rear of their vehicle for easier identification and to ease the use of red light traffic cameras. The states that require a front license plate are the following:

  • Alaska
  • California
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • District of Columbia
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • Maine
  • Maryland
  • Minnesota
  • Missouri
  • Montana
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oregon
  • Rhode Island
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming

* Massachusetts requires at least one license plate, and it can be on the front or the rear of the vehicle, leaving it up to the driver.

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