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Iowa Supreme Court: License plate frame may not cover county name

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If your license plate frame hides the county name on the bottom of your plate, you could get pulled over.

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Friday, March 2, 2014 that everything on a license plate must be visible.

Court documents show that the ruling stemmed from a 2009 case that originated in Davenport where police stopped a Jeep for two reasons: they said the license plate was violating the law because it was partially covered, and suspicion of drug dealing from a tip they had gotten.

According to those documents, during the stop, officers found crack cocaine inside the vehicle.

See the whole ruling – click here.

“[T]he take-away point for Iowa citizens is that they better go out to the garage and check their license plate frames if they want to avoid being pulled over by law enforcement on the open road,” stated the court document.