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Don't hide the words on Florida license plates, court rules

Instead of the ordinary, thousands of Florida drivers have created their own vanity license plates. With thanks to R8PL8Z.com, here are a few of the oddest.
Instead of the ordinary, thousands of Florida drivers have created their own vanity license plates. With thanks to R8PL8Z.com, here are a few of the oddest.


MIAMI – Florida drivers beware: an appeals court has ruled that none of the lettering on vehicle license tags can be obscured by frames or anything else.

The 3rd District Court of Appeal decision Wednesday came in the case of a driver who was stopped by an officer because the words "MyFlorida.com" were obscured by a tag frame. The officer later found drugs in the car and the driver was charged with a narcotics offense.

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A lower court tossed out incriminating statements the driver made to the officer, concluding that the tag frame didn't violate requirements of state law regarding display of license tags.

The appeals court disagreed, sending the case back for further proceedings. The judges ruled that state law clearly says drivers cannot obscure any lettering or numbers on tags.