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Q&A: Are Tesla’s exempt from having front license plates?

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Mike Hazlip contributed to this report–
Chances are you’ve seen a Tesla without a front license plate, a phenomenon prompting some to question whether some cars are exempt from being required to have the front-end identifier.

In response to a reader question about whether Tesla’s are exempt from the front-plate requirement after he saw “19 out of 20” Tesla’s around town without plates on the front bumper, The Sentinel asked Citrus Heights Police Lt. Chad Morris to comment on legal requirements.

In an email last month, Morris confirmed that “Tesla’s are not exempt from being required to have both plates.” He cited California Vehicle Code 5200, which says “When two license plates are issued by the department for a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.”

According to attorneys with Shouse California Law Group, the fine for not having a front plate on a vehicle can run $197, plus court costs.

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