We see them all the time on the road; it is a great way to advertise a car dealership, a cause, or how much you love your dog. Unfortunately, they can also get you a traffic ticket. What are they? License plate frames!

Under New Jersey law a motorist cannot "display unclear or indistinct license plates." This applies to both the front and rear plates on a vehicle.

Although it is far from a serious offense, it is a nuisance, as it carries a $54 fine (plus $33 in court costs). It is something that you should address right away. If you have one of these frames, grab a screwdriver, go out to your driveway, and remove them. The $87 you save may be your own.

Steven J. Richardson
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Bankruptcy, Collections, Student Loan, DUI and Traffic Court attorney in Woodbury, NJ.