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Assembly passes Dancer bill that allows parts of license plate to be covered

June 16, 2022
The General Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would allow license plate frames to obscure some areas of permanent or temporary license plates.

TRENTON, N.J. – The General Assembly on Thursday passed a bill that would allow license plate frames to obscure some areas of permanent or temporary license plates.

The bill (A3494) is sponsored by Assemblyman Ron Dancer.

“This bill will help prevent thousands of drivers from being pulled over for minor license plate frame violations,” Dancer (R-Ocean) said. “New Jersey drivers should not have to spend time and money seeking recourse through the court system. As long as pertinent letters and numbers are recognizable on a plate, a person should be free from unwarranted interactions with police who have much better uses for their time.”

The bill states that the words “New Jersey” and the registration number on a license plate must not be obscured beyond recognition. This extends to the expiration date on a temporary tag. The acting attorney general will be required to issue any needed guidance on enforcement of the law.

Between 2017 and 2021, 501,699 summonses were issued for license plate violations.

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