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Do You Need a Front License Plate in Colorado?

Do You Need a Front License Plate in Colorado?

Colorado law requires that drivers have a front license plate and a rear license plate on most motor vehicles. The requirement is codified under C.R.S. §42-3-202. Exceptions exist for autocycles, motorcycles, trailers, street rod vehicles, special mobile machinery, and semitrailers. The Colorado Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) issues two license plates when the vehicle is registered.

Both license plates must have a current registration sticker. Drivers must renew their registrations through the DVM as well to maintain a current sticker on their license plates.

Why Does Colorado Require a Front License Plate for Most Vehicles?

One of the primary reasons for front license plates is to assist law enforcement officers. It is easier for police officers to identify vehicles when they can see the license plate from the rear and the front of the vehicle. 

During traffic stops, officers can quickly obtain information about the vehicle and the driver, regardless of the direction the vehicle is traveling when the officer decides to make a traffic stop.

What Are the Penalties for Failing To Have a Front License Plate in Colorado?

If you do not have a license plate attached to the front and the rear of your vehicle, you can be charged with a Class B traffic infraction. The offense is punishable with a fine of $100. The traffic offense does not result in points being placed against your driver’s license.

Other Requirements for Vehicle License Plates in Colorado

In addition to requiring a rear and front license plate and registration sticker, other requirements for Colorado license plates include:

  • The plates must be attached to the vehicle correctly. If the plate is hanging or swinging, you could receive a ticket. The plates must be attached at least 12 inches from the ground.
  • You can have a license plate frame, but the frames cannot block any portion of the license plate number.
  • You can also have a cover for your license plate. However, the law states that you cannot use a cover that would make the license plate unreadable, including unreadable by devices used to identify motor vehicles by their license plates.
  • Vehicle license plates must be illuminated at night. The law requires that there is a light that makes the plates visible at night.
  • License plates must be clean in addition to being visible. That means you cannot cover your license plate with mud to prevent an officer or traffic device from reading the plate.

If you receive a traffic ticket for a license tag violation, the court may dismiss the charges if you correct the problem. For example, you provide proof that you have attached a valid license plate to the front of the vehicle before the hearing.

Does a Missing License Plate Impact a Personal Injury Claim in Denver, CO?

An injured party could claim that a driver is liable for damages under negligence per se for breaking the law at the time of a car accident. However, missing a license plate does not guarantee that a driver will be liable for damages for a car accident claim.

The victim must prove that the driver caused the accident and the accident resulted in the victim’s injuries. If a driver is liable for damages, the accident victim could receive economic damages for the expenses and monetary losses related to the crash. Economic damages include property damage, out-of-pocket expenses, lost wages, and medical bills.

A victim may also receive compensation for non-economic damages. These include pain and suffering, emotional distress, and diminished quality of life.

The amount of the claim depends on your injuries, financial losses, and other factors. It is also important to note that you have a limited time to file a car accident claim in Colorado. If you miss the statute of limitations, a judge can dismiss your lawsuit even though you have a valid claim.

Contact Zaner Harden Personal Injury Lawyers To Get Help With a Car Accident Claim in Denver, CO

Proving liability for a car accident claim can be complicated. You must have evidence proving causation and fault. You must also prove the value of your damages.

If you have questions about a car accident claim, you can get answers during a free consultation with a car accident attorney.

For more information please contact Zaner Harden Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation with a Denver personal injury lawyer.

Zaner Harden Personal Injury Lawyers

1610 Wynkoop Street, Suite 120. Denver, CO 80202
(720) 613 9706

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