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Drew Dowdell

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No. I've lived in 2 plate states, lived in 1 plate states..doesn't mean anything to me. The big issues for me are quality of life, career opportunities, climate, etc in choosing a state/city to live in..

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I've had some clients almost have a breakdown because their new car came in with a front plate...it happens. Once I had to switch bumpers between 1 new car and another due to the bracket...service loved me for that request.

In other worlds, you take it off and cover the 2 tiny holes. UNLESS you are moving to a new state, in that case just put the front plate elsewhere, off to the side or something with zip ties. Always a creative way.

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Drew, I simply refused to put the front plate on my Saturn SKY when I got it. I kept the plate in the house too, no zip ties or trunk storage for me! Never ran into a problem with NJ police - benefit of living close to the PA border too. I see many Corvette owners do the same (operate with just the rear plate). Most cases I've heard the PD will give you some grief as long as you still have the plate, and no one I've ever known has gotten a ticket for no front plate.

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I consider myself a car nut and while I wish the Fed's would just standardize a single back plate for all states, I know it will never happen due to idiot politicians. Not worth getting upset over and I would always take the better quality of life, job and family over an auto with 2 versus one plate.

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They ought to just standardize license plates across the entire country, like much of Europe does. No need to have 50 different plate formats with differing requirements. Granted, if they were to do this, I can easily see the new federal mandate being a two-plate affair.

As a thought, maybe we could move to a more technology based form of vehicle registration. Either electronic plates or some form of bar-code for the front windshield.

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Googled it..only 19 states are 1 plate only. Alabama, Arizona, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Missississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Interesting that all the states that border Ohio are 1 plate states.

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A buddy of mine in Colorado has never had a front plate or a front plate bracket on his '91 NSX...in the 15 years he's had the car, he's always just laid the front plate on top of the dash visible through the windshield...never had a ticket that I know of. I know other people in Colorado that had cars from 1-plate states that did the same thing.

I've never understood the fear of two plates that some people have, but some cars do look better without a front plate bracket, esp. the cheap plastic cheesy ones a lot of newer cars have. My sister's DTS has a flush cover over where the front plate goes, looks factory, will have to remove it eventually when she needs a plate..

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