Louisiana State Police and local law enforcement agencies have started an enforcement effort to address obscured license tags in response to numerous complaints from drivers around the state, according to a press release from state police.

State law requires that vehicle license plates be clearly displayed. If the numbers or letters are obstructed in any way, the driver is subject to being ticketed, according to State Police Superintendent Col. Mike Edmonson.

Specifically the law requires that “permanent registration license plates assigned to a trailer, semitrailer, motorcycle, or other motor vehicle shall be securely attached to the rear of the vehicle and remain clearly visible and free from any foreign material.”

In addition to naturally occurring things that can hide a license plate such as roadway dirt or mud, license plates must also remain free of any novelty frames or plate covers that hamper visibility and prevent the entire plate from being readable.

Drivers are also required by state law to ensure that license plates are well illuminated through the use of properly functioning white license plate lights.

“The use of aftermarket covers for license tags has increased considerably in Louisiana. Most drivers are probably unaware that by using such covers or decorative lights they are probably in violation of the law. We are urging them to remove the aftermarket products now before being cited,” Edmonson said.

For more information regarding specific enforcement activities and safety campaigns in your area, please contact your local LSP Public Information Officer at http://www.lsp.org/public.html.