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Statutes > Virginia > Title-46-2 > Chapter-6 > 46-2-716

§ 46.2-716. How license plates fastened to vehicle; altering appearance oflicense plates.

A. Every license plate shall be securely fastened to the motor vehicle,trailer, or semitrailer to which it is assigned:

1. So as to prevent the plate from swinging,

2. In a position to be clearly visible, and

3. In a condition to be clearly legible.

B. No colored glass, colored plastic, bracket, holder, mounting, frame, orany other type of covering shall be placed, mounted, or installed on, around,or over any license plate if such glass, plastic, bracket, holder, mounting,frame, or other type of covering in any way alters or obscures (i) thealpha-numeric information, (ii) the color of the license plate, (iii) thename or abbreviated name of the state wherein the vehicle is registered, or(iv) any character or characters, decal, stamp, or other device indicatingthe month or year in which the vehicle's registration expires. No insignia,emblems, or trailer hitches or couplings shall be mounted in such a way as tohide or obscure any portion of the license plate or render any portion of thelicense plate illegible.

C. The Superintendent may make such regulations as he may deem advisable toenforce the proper mounting and securing of the license plate on the vehicle.

(Code 1950, § 46-102; 1958, c. 541, § 46.1-107; 1960, c. 119; 1986, c. 186;1989, c. 727; 2000, c. 258; 2001, c. 19; 2006, c. 549.)