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If you just bought a new or used vehicle and have a Temporary Florida Tag, do you have it in the back window? If you do, you are in violation of a new law that went into effect July 1.

The new law states that your paper temporary tag should be displayed in the regular spot on the back bumper or wherever you would put your permanent license plate. The new requirement for placing the tag in the permanent location is supposed to make it easier for law enforcement officials in identifying the vehicle during a traffic stop. If you are stopped and the tag is not in the proper location, you could be cited for a non-moving violation.

According to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles, temporary tags will now be assigned to the owner of the vehicle, just like permanent tags. So if the tag is stolen, the officer will know the owner of the vehicle, not just where it was purchased, which is all that was available before.

The Director of the Florida Highway Patrol, Colonel John Czernis, says “The new law related to temporary license plates is a great tool for law enforcement officers. A stolen temporary tag can be used to mask a vehicle and used for illicit purposes.” Is it just me or does it seem like it’s much easier to steal a paper tag from the back of the vehicle than from the back window where presumably it would locked in the car?

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