The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) wants to make you aware of an increase in the use of fake specialty license plates. These plates are being sold in person by local merchants and on the internet. In most of these cases, motorists are displaying their registered general issue plate number on an all-black design or a Euro-sized license plate. However, some are displaying plate numbers that are issued to innocent citizens who then receive notices for red light violations, toll notices, etc.
The department has begun to send letters to motorists photographed with fake plates to remind them of the state law provisions that a person commits an offense by displaying a fictitious license plate on a motor vehicle (Transportation Code, Section 504.945) or by possessing a license plate that is deceptively similar to a license plate issued by the TxDMV (Transportation Code, Section 504.946). A violation of either statute could result in a Class B misdemeanor that is punishable by a fine of up to $2,000. Additionally, fictitious or deceptively similar license plates could jeopardize motorist safety since the plates may not meet statutory reflectivity standards.
These letters also require that motorists immediately obtain valid license plates through their local County Tax Assessor-Collector’s office. A copy of a sample letter is attached for your information.
To assist with the identification of fake plates, My Plates, the department’s license plate marketing vendor, has created the attached flier. You may also download it from the My Plates website at http://myplates.com/Press.aspx. The flier is named “How to Spot a Fake Plate in Texas.”
Randy Elliston, Director
Vehicle Titles and Registration Division
Texas Department of Motor Vehicles