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In the 35 years that I have lived in the state of California, I have never put a front plate on any of my vehicles and have never gotten a ticket for it --- until today. While contractors were resurfacing my driveway I parked my 07 coupe on the street, and within 15 minutes an overzealous city parking patrol showed up and wrote me a ticket for no front plate. I guess with the economy going south they are really out there beating the bushes for revenue. Well, such is life. I can get it reduced to a $10 fine if I show correction, however I can't find the other plate. Has anyone in CA had that problem? I know the state will probably want to put me in leg irons and slap a lein on my house for such an egregious infraction, but just looking for some info. Can I get a new plate from DMV? I plan to call them, but just wanted to see if any of you had some input. Thanks.
Yes, just tell them it must have fallen off or was taken. They may issue another plate (2) to give you all new registration numbers...since 'someone' may be using your lost plate. I live here too and keep my front plate in the back cubby for when I have to park on a public street. I just place it in my front window area.
You will probably have to get new or custom plates. You might be able to show the application for custom plates to the judge. That is pretty desperate ticketing a car parked in front of someone's house.
Options then are mount the stock mount to the front of the car, buy something like the Speed Lingerie bra with the front plate mount or an aftermarket mount such as Top Flight Pro's. Or risk getting a ticket again. After all you made it 35 years without one and it sounds like it was within 200 feet or so of your home.
Thanks for replies. I went to the DMV website and downloaded a form to apply for replacement plates, but there was no mention of how much they want to do this. Actually the car was parked directly in front of my house, about 10 feet from the driveway.
I am in CA also and I purchased a removable front plate mount on eBay because I didn't want to keep getting hassled nor do I want to pay the Corvette tax on other removable plate that is being sold. My eBay removable plate only cost $35 however I don't mount it but keep it in my trunk. When I get stopped, I just show them that my double side tape fell off and I am going to get a stronger tape to remount it. So far, it has worked.
Here is the eBay link that I purchased the removable mount if anyone is interested.
Unless you get pulled over for another offense the police or CHP aren't going to bother with a front license plate violation. But, the parking enforcement folks ALWAYS do. I received two license plate violations in Hollywood years ago on my Miata both given to me by parking enforcement when the economy was strong. After the second ticket I gave in and got a license plate bracket for it. The removable license plate bracket in CA is the only way to assure yourself you won't get a ticket...provided you remember to put it in place when parked on a public road.
Tell the judge the car was parked in your front lawn and not on the street, but you got a ticket anyways
That's ticketable as well. Again, a ticket given out by parking enforcement. You have to be parked in a legally designated area even on your own property. It's designed to keep people from parking broken down cars all over the place.
The "State" has nothing to do with your fines/ticket. Its the city you live in that gave you the ticket and will get your money.
The only involvement from the state will be dealing with the dmv. You will be issued 2 new plates (for a nominal fee).
I did get a no front plate parking ticket in Lancaster while parked in the court parking lot attending court with a friend who had been arrested. Cost me $45 and required correction. Only my C5 Z06 has a front plate attached, the C6's have no front plate (yet).