Wait, I can’t use a clear license plate cover in Florida?

Trooper Steve answers viewer questions

Ask Trooper Steve: Clear covers for license plates OK?
Ask Trooper Steve: Clear covers for license plates OK?

ORLANDO, Fla. – News 6 traffic safety expert Trooper Steve Montiero answers viewer questions about the rules of the road, helping Orlando-area residents become better drivers by being better educated.

A viewer submitted the question, “Can I I have a clear cover over my license plate?”

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Whether the cover you want is tinted or crystal clear, the answer is no, Trooper Steve said.

According to Trooper Steve, we don’t own our license plates, we technically borrow them from the state, and Florida law specifically talks about there being nothing that visually obstructs your plate.

“Nothing is allowed on your Florida license plate,” Trooper Steve said.

There you have it, the best way to show off your license plate is by leaving it alone and not putting a cover over it.


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About the Author:

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.