Is My License Plate Frame Legal in Wisconsin?

Wisconsin requires drivers to have license plates that are legible and clearly displayed so that nothing covers the readable portion of the plate.
Written by Holden Easterbrook
Reviewed by Jessica Barrett
allows drivers to customize their license plates with a frame or cover as long as the plate is clearly displayed and legible. 
Custom license plate frames are a great way to add a little personal flair to your vehicle or complete a look. However, you’ll want to be careful—states regulate license plate frames and covers to maintain specific standards of visibility.
Yes. You can customize your
Wisconsin license plate
with a frame or cover. The plate must still be legible with nothing obscuring the readable portions of it.

What are the rules for license plate frames in Wisconsin?

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation requires license plates to be “maintained in a legible condition and displayed so that they can be seen and read.” 
That means that the following cannot be obscured or covered:
  • The state name
  • The plate number
  • The registration stickers
  • Any writing (such as the motto “America’s dairyland”)

What about license plate covers?

The same regulations apply to covers as for frames: no readable portions of the license plate can be obscured.
While covers are legal, they cannot alter the color or how light reflects off of the plate. Tinted covers or ones that distort the license plate are illegal.

What are the fines for license plate frames in Wisconsin?

Receiving a ticket for an illegal license plate frame or cover could leave you facing a $150 fine.
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