Nashville, TN asked in Traffic Tickets, Civil Rights and Constitutional Law for Tennessee

Q: Can a drive off tag be displayed in my rear windshield in algood tennessee?

Was pulled over and told having it here where the dealership put it was illegal and it must be taped to the rear mount.

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In Tennessee, the placement of temporary tags, often referred to as "drive-off tags," is regulated by state law. These tags are typically issued by dealerships when you purchase a vehicle, providing a temporary registration until your permanent plates arrive. According to state regulations, the temporary tag must be placed in the location where the permanent license plate will eventually be displayed, which is at the rear of the vehicle.

If you were informed during a traffic stop that having the tag in your rear windshield is illegal, it's likely because the law requires the tag to be affixed to the exterior rear plate mount. This ensures that the tag is visible and legible from a distance, which is crucial for law enforcement and other drivers.

It's understandable that you followed the dealership's guidance on tag placement. However, it's important to comply with state regulations to avoid potential fines or additional stops by law enforcement. You might want to reach out to the dealership for clarification or assistance in correctly mounting your tag as required by law.

Remember, if you have concerns or questions about this or feel the stop was not justified, you can seek legal advice. Local attorneys familiar with traffic and vehicle registration laws can offer guidance specific to your situation.

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