During the recent cartel bruhahe I noticed that cars in the local area only displaying one plate are illegally operating a vehicle if the vehicle is registered in Colorado.
I contacted EPSO, the Lt. was friendly and nice to me when I asked if could call in autos who violate the law. The answer is yes and as I found out you have the right to report violators as long as I identify the vehicle and that should be simple as I know my cars.
Here is the law as it is written and anyone who violates it breaking the law.
The law is as cited here.C.R.S. 42-3-202
COLORADO REVISED STATUTES
*** This document reflects changes current through all laws passed at the First Regular Session
of the Seventieth General Assembly of the State of Colorado (2015) ***
TITLE 42. VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC
ARTICLE 3.REGISTRATION, TAXATION, AND LICENSE PLATES
PART 2. LICENSE PLATES
C.R.S. 42-3-202 (2015)
42-3-202. Number plates to be attached
(1) (a) The owner shall attach the number plates assigned to a self-propelled vehicle, other than a motorcycle, auto cycle, or street rod vehicle, to the vehicle with one in the front and the other in the rear. The owner shall attach the number plate assigned to a motorcycle, auto cycle, street rod vehicle, trailer, semitrailer, other vehicle drawn by a motor vehicle, or special mobile machinery to the rear of the vehicle. The owner shall display number plates during the current registration year, except as otherwise provided in this article.
(b) If the department issues a validating tab or sticker to a motor vehicle pursuant to section 42-3-201, the current month validating tab or sticker shall be displayed in the bottom left corner of the rear license plate. The current year validating tab or sticker shall be displayed in the bottom right corner of the rear license plate. The tabs or stickers shall be visible at all times.
(2) (a) Every number plate shall at all times be securely fastened to the vehicle to which it is assigned, so as to prevent the plate from swinging, and shall be horizontal at a height not less than twelve inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of such plate, in a place and position to be clearly visible, and shall be maintained free from foreign materials and in a condition to be clearly legible.
Editor’s note: This version of paragraph (a) is effective until January 1, 2016.
(a) (I) The owner or driver of a motor vehicle shall securely fasten the license plate to the vehicle to which it is assigned so as to prevent the plate from swinging.
(II) Except when authorized by this article or rule of the department, each license plate must be:
(A) Horizontal at a height not less than twelve inches from the ground, measuring from the bottom of the plate;
(B) In a place and position to be clearly visible;
(C) Maintained free from foreign materials and clearly legible; and
(D) At the approximate center of the vehicle measured horizontally.
(III) Except when authorized by this article or rule of the department, the rear license plate must be mounted on or within eighteen inches of the rear bumper.
Editor’s note: This version of paragraph (a) is effective January 1, 2016.
(b) A person shall not operate a motor vehicle with an affixed device or a substance that causes all or a portion of a license plate to be unreadable by a system used to automatically identify a motor vehicle. Such a device includes, without limitation, a cover that distorts angular visibility; alters the color of the plate; or is smoked, tinted, scratched, or dirty so as to impair the legibility of the license plate.
(3) (a) A person who violates any provision of this section commits a class B traffic infraction.
(b) A person who violates paragraph (b) of subsection (2) of this section commits a class A traffic infraction and shall be punished by a fine of one hundred dollars.
(4) Notwithstanding subsections (1) to (3) of this section, the owner of a military vehicle may elect to not display the vehicle’s assigned license plate if the license plate is physically in the military vehicle and is available for inspection to any peace officer who requests the plate.
HISTORY: Source: L. 2005: Entire article amended with relocations, p. 1108, § 2, effective August 8.L. 2008: (1) amended, p. 321, § 2, effective July 1.L. 2010: (4) added, (SB 10-075), ch. 169, p. 597, § 2, effective August 11; (1)(a) amended, (HB 10-1172), ch. 320, p. 1491, § 10, effective October 1.L. 2014: (1)(a) amended, (HB 14-1367), ch. 303, p. 1286, § 3, effective July 1.L. 2015: (2)(a) amended, (SB 15-090), ch. 334, p. 1360, § 2, effective January 1, 2016.
Editor’s note: (1) This section is similar to former § 42-3-123 as it existed prior to 2005.(2) (a) Section 6(1)(b) of chapter 334 (SB 15-090) Session Laws of Colorado 2015, provides that changes to this section take effect only if the department of revenue receives enough gifts, grants, and donations for materials, start-up costs, and computer programming necessary to implement this act, and take effect January 1, 2016, only if the revisor of statutes receives written notice that such funds were received.(b) Section 6(3) of chapter 334 (SB 15-090) Session Laws of Colorado 2015, provides that changes to this section by the act apply to temporary registrations issued on or after July 1, 2016.
Annotator’s note. Since § 42-3-202 is similar to § 42-3-123 as it existed prior to the 2005 amendment to article 3 of title 42, which resulted in the relocation of provisions, relevant cases construing that provision and its predecessors have been included in the annotations to this section.
Where the suspect’s license plate was obstructed by dirt, in violation of this section, the troopers had a reasonable suspicion that criminal activity was occurring. Although after stopping the vehicle, the troopers could see the plates well enough to discern that they were current, the continued obstruction of the plate constituted an ongoing license plate violation and thus a reasonable purpose for the stop. Because the troopers had a reasonable suspicion and a reasonable stop, they properly initiated an investigatory stop. People v. Altman, 938 P.2d 142 (Colo. 1997).
Applied in People v. Clements, 665 P.2d 624 (Colo. 1983).