Q: I purchased a new car and the paper plate was put in the back window by my dealer. I was stopped and the officer said this was not okay. Is this true?
Q: I have a clear plastic license plate cover I recently purchased for my car. A friend told me the cover was illegal. I though if the cover was clear it would be O.K. Who's right?
A: This is correct. Indiana law dictates that any license plate (whether temporary (paper) or regular issue MUST be affixed permanently to the rear of the vehicle and MUST be illuminated by a white light at nighttime.
Any cover over the plate is not legal in Indiana. Even if the cover is clear and easy to see through during the day, it presents a problem at night or in sun glare. The sun or headlights of other vehicles create glare on the cover, so the numbers can not be easily read. Tinted covers are also illegal, making the plate even harder to read at all times of the day.