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It finally happened. I got pulled over for not having a front plate installed on my Boxster. Here in Maryland, we're required to have both front and rear plates. When I purchased the car, I told them not to install the front plate, as I didn't want those holes drilled into the front fascia. It's just such a detraction aesthetically. I was pulling into our town and came up behind an unmarked state trooper car. I recognized it as such. He turned right at the intersection, the same direction I had to go and he immediately pulled over and waited for me to pass. I knew right away what he was doing, as we only are about 3 miles from WV where front plates are not required and he wanted to verify I was running a Maryland plate. I go by and the lights immediately come on so of course I pull over. He was pleasant enough, asked for license and registration, said he had stopped me for not having a front plate. Comes back and hands me a warning. That was it, he didn't say a single word other than "Here's a warning".

I have a license plate bracket that I ordered (the brand of which I can't remember at the moment) that installs by drilling the holes under the facia, but damn, I really don't want to have to install it. I'm sure if I get pulled over again, I'll certainly get a ticket. If it's comes with no points, I'm almost tempted to just take my chance and pay the fine.

What to do....

Anyway, that was my adventure for the day.
 

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BFM - buy a lottery ticket. I live in MD as well and have been driving my '13 BS for a year now without a front plate. Have yet to get pulled over but certainly expect it every time I see the law man.


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I was in the exact same situation..... didn't want to drill holes in my front bumper. I ordered a bunch of after-market "no drill" plate mounts.
I tried 3 of them, and did not like any of them. In the end, I gave up and mounted the OEM license plate bracket. IMO, it doesn't look that bad.
Now I have peace of mind and have 1 less reason to get pull over by The Man.
 

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That was it, he didn't say a single word other than "Here's a warning". ... I'm sure if I get pulled over again, I'll certainly get a ticket. If it's comes with no points, I'm almost tempted to just take my chance and pay the fine.
In 2013 there was an attempt to change the law to one plate. It failed. In 2015 there is another attempt to change the law. https://legiscan.com/MD/text/HB61/2015 My guess it will fail again.

A missing plate is not a fix-it ticket, like a blown out bulb. It is a real traffic violation. No points are assigned. It's a $70 fine. You can look it up here. http://www.courts.state.md.us/district/forms/criminal/dccr090.pdf.
 

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I also did not want holes drilled into the front of my GTS. I have a millworks tow hook mount for the front plate. It is comes with a small white bracket that matches my white car and threads to the tow hook socket, no drilling required, and I can easily put on and remove the plate by sliding it from the bracket. You might want to consider it.

I admit the whole assembly is still unmounted, in the frunk. I haven't quite got around to installing it. I doubt a trooper is going to pull me over anytime soon with the kind of wicked cold weather we've been having here of late.
 

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Correct. The tow hook mount will interfere with the front parking sensor.
The car will beep like crazy every time you turn on the engine.


I have front parking sensors so I suspect that any tow hook mount will not work...correct?


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I also have the US Mill works front plate bracket - I put it on for any longer trips but will only have it on for local trips about 50% of the time.
 

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The OEM front plate bracket was installed on my 981 BS at delivery even though I gave specific instructions to leave it off. I was not a happy camper.

Now, after nearly two years, I don't even think about it. I had an offset tow hook mount that I was planning to use but, after seeing it on the car, I didn't like the way it looked at all. My front plate is on, and I have no worries about being stopped for the plate violation .. which here involves a $250 fine plus two points on your license.

The small holes that are drilled in the bumper cover can, at some point, be plugged or simply filled at any body shop for very little money.

Front plates are a hot topic on every car forum I've ever visited. In real life though, the majority of owners just comply with their state laws and have them put on. Either way, it's simply a matter of what you feel comfortable with.
 

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I agree with Stan completely. It's just not that big a deal, and much less worrisome to put it on normally.
 

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i am working on a new mount that will lower the plate into the fake center scoop and quickly detach using Dzus fasteners. I do run a front plate locally in NY but I take it off for out of state and trips on the NY Thruway...I like to think of it as more of a challenge for the laser cops.
 

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It finally happened. I got pulled over for not having a front plate installed on my Boxster. Here in Maryland
BFM - buy a lottery ticket. I live in MD as well
Move to P.G. County... here, I'm pretty sure that if there's no gunfire, the cops don't stop. :helpme:

Well, so much for my prospects of becoming County Executive
 

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I have been ticketed a couple of times in NY. One by a meter maid ! It is a $50 fine I look at as a cost of doing business. I now keep the plate on the passenger footwell and put it up on the dashboard when I think I might have a problem. Another thing I do is when a cop is driving the other way I waive and it seems to redirect their vision (and yes I do waive with all my fingers).
 

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pet peeve day after day i see people with covered rear plates that are very dark very difficult to read plate and thats never ticketed!!!!!!
 

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I would wager in the near future all states will require a front plate. The plate readers are becoming a big thing in law enforcement.
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If you don't want to drill holes, and if you don't have front parking sensors, I also suggest the US Millworks solution. It's what I've done. I currently only pop it in for inspections and long trips. Easy install, works perfectly.
 

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I finally bit the bullet and went ahead and installed the front plate. I had purchased the Skene Design bracket and used that. Here's a couple of pictures:

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The Skene Design is pretty flexible in that you can slide it up or down almost the entire height of the plate. This ended up being the least objectionable (IMO) position.

I'm not one to flaunt against the law, so in the end, one less thing to worry about. The nice part is that if they ever do pass the law in Maryland to go with just the rear plate, or I move to somewhere it isn't required, it's only two small screws under the front bumper in the black plastic to remove it.

Thanks for everyone's comments. Very much appreciated.
 

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I would wager in the near future all states will require a front plate. The plate readers are becoming a big thing in law enforcement.
Except where they've been deployed and taken out of deployment. The Boston police department no longer uses them. Massachusetts may have laws heavily regulating their use passed soon. They still make for great LIDAR targets though.
 

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If you don't want to drill holes, and if you don't have front parking sensors, I also suggest the US Millworks solution. It's what I've done. I currently only pop it in for inspections and long trips. Easy install, works perfectly.
I did the same here in NJ. However, I leave the front plate mounted on the tow hook bracket in the frunk. I have not been pulled over. 10,000 miles so far.
 
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