Sir, these plates have been expired for 10 years...
March 9, 2011 11:09 AM Subscribe
CA-DMV: New car! The dealer says due to backlogs, it could take up to 4 months for DMV to issue plates. I have a set of out-of-state plates that would look awesome in the meantime. I have a gut feeling this wouldn't fly, but I'm secretly hoping someone will tell me that this would be okay to do. The official DMV registration papers are still taped to the windshield.
posted by hwyengr to Law & Government (23 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Back when Illinois was re-doing their license plates in the early 2000s, I had ordered a set of personalized plates (with a witty saying on them that's valid again for the new car). They mailed a set of the old block letter plates and the new script plates simultaneously. I never even put the old plates on the car, nor did any registration stickers get affixed. The old plates are completely invalid.
The paper plates with the dealer's name look stupid, and they don't need any more free advertising. The dealership said to keep the paper plates there so that I wouldn't be hassled by cops for having no plates at all.
The way I want to justify this in my head is that the papers in the windshield are my official California registration, and that until that expires or the new plates arrive, any other plates are just decoration, especially since the IL plates are invalid. Does this make sense, or am I going to get in trouble for having expired out-of-state plates?