"Dear Officer Ness, My name is Michael Cooke and I was reading your article about license plate covers on the internet You stated in the article that “as of January 1, 2006, all license plate covers, clear or tinted, became illegal��? Are you sure about this? I’m a little confused. Does this only apply to your state? I live in California. Your story is the only one that I can find like this. Here in Los Angeles I see the clear covers all the time. Are you saying that I can get pulled over just for having a clear cover on my car? I have never heard of anyone getting pulled over for this. Can you please cite the regulation in regards to this? The last thing I want is to be pulled over and fined for having a clear license plate cover on my car. The fines here are the highest in the USA. Thank you for your input. Best Regards,"
Hi Micheal, Thanks for writing from California. Laws vary somewhat from state to state when it comes to equipment and some other regulations. The new law in Illinois became effective January 1st, 2006 and can be found under 625ILCS 5/12-610.5 Yes, all covers, tinted or clear, are now illegal in Illinois. You should check with the California Department of Motor Vehicles or the California Highway Patrol to find out your local state laws.