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Ask HPD: License Plate Covers

Question: Is it legal to have dark or faded license plate covers obscuring a vehicle's license plate?

Answer: License plate covers are illegal – including clear covers. Nothing can be placed over a license plate that would make it difficult to read the numbers and letters on the plate. License plates should also be kept reasonably clean for the same reason. HRS §249-7 Number plates.

Question: What are the penalties?

Answer: Violators with an obscured license plate could be cited $70.

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