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    Temporary Tags: Real or Fake?

    As a civilian, when I see someone driving around on a temporary tag allegedly issued by a car dealership, I always wonder if it's really a temporary tag issued by a car dealership, or if the driver just didn't have enough money to renew his tag at the time and drew up a fake, temporary tag himself.

    As a police officer, how can you tell the difference?

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    Easy, If I think the tag looks out of place, I stop it and take a closer look at the paperwork.
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    Our law says your plate must be able to be read at a reasonable distance. You can't usually read those things unless you are right on top of it and that is not reasonable.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ispbear View Post
    Easy, If I think the tag looks out of place, I stop it and take a closer look at the paperwork.
    This, or I find any of a million different legal reasons to stop the car.

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    If I cant read the tag I can stop the car and check it out. If the plate is faked the person goes to jail. If not they go on their way.

    If I can read the plate and see a dealer number and date on it I will usually not stop it.

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    I don't know if Colorado uses special paper for it, but they seem to fade really fast. So it's usually easy to spot an old one. No real way to spot an actual fake tag unless I stop them and they don't have the temp registration card.
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    I never understood the logic behind putting something made of paper on the rear of a car where it is exposed to all of the elements. I think most expire after 30 days though.
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    People in TN try to darken in the numbers to indicate a different month/day. You should see the look on their face when I take them into custody. Altering the numbers on a government-issued tag is a felony.

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    Oregon's are pretty cheesy. They're about a 5" square piece of paper that's stuck to the inside of the left side of the rear window. The expiration date is hand written in big numbers with a black Mark-A-Lot though that's pretty hard to alter.

    They used to issue "trip permits", temporary registrations to be used to transport a vehicle from one place to another only. Of course they were good for 90 days and it was constantly abused. I don't know when they quit issuing them, but I haven't seen any on the street in quite a few years. You used to always see them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by retdetsgt View Post
    Oregon's are pretty cheesy. They're about a 5" square piece of paper that's stuck to the inside of the left side of the rear window. The expiration date is hand written in big numbers with a black Mark-A-Lot though that's pretty hard to alter.

    They used to issue "trip permits", temporary registrations to be used to transport a vehicle from one place to another only. Of course they were good for 90 days and it was constantly abused. I don't know when they quit issuing them, but I haven't seen any on the street in quite a few years. You used to always see them.
    That's what I thought the OP was talking about, those "paper plates" as they call them that are good for like 30 days, usually issued when you buy a vehicle out of state. They are posted where a regular plate is posted. Our temporary registrations are also paper but posted on the inside of the back window. They also issue the regular plate so it's easy to verify if the paper one is BS. It's pretty pointless to try to alter those, but that doesn't mean someone wouldn't try it.
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    About the only time they issue a temporary now is when you buy a new car. If you come from out of state, DMV gives you the new plates on the spot when you produce a valid registration from your former state. They do inspect the car to see if the VIN matches, etc. With a new car though, the dealer gives you the temporary that's good for 90 days, but you get your plates in less than two weeks, usually.

    If a used car is sold and bought within Oregon, the plates stay on the car. You're not issued new plates.
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    You just gotta realize he is hard of hearing and cranky, and try to speak up more clearly next time and make it perfectly clear what you were saying so there is no misinterpretation. You gotta try not to get mad at the old guy, recognizing the issue at hand.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackgoat06 View Post
    That's what I thought the OP was talking about, those "paper plates" as they call them that are good for like 30 days, usually issued when you buy a vehicle out of state. They are posted where a regular plate is posted. Our temporary registrations are also paper but posted on the inside of the back window. They also issue the regular plate so it's easy to verify if the paper one is BS. It's pretty pointless to try to alter those, but that doesn't mean someone wouldn't try it.
    That is actually what I was talking about. I suppose I should have said "temporary plate" instead of temporary tag, but here in Georgia, whenever you buy a new car and they issue you the temp plate, they refer to it as a "temporary tag". Then, you have 30 days to register the car and buy a plate and tag for it. The large dealerships around here usually issue one that looks very similar to a real plate, but the small "Buy here, pay here" dealerships are well known for issuing them on cardboard or paper, which always seemed like it would arouse suspicion to me!

    Thanks for all your replies, everyone. =)

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    In Oregon, the dealer fills out the paper work on cars they sell and submit it all to DMV for you. Makes it easier and the vehicle is registered.
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    You just gotta realize he is hard of hearing and cranky, and try to speak up more clearly next time and make it perfectly clear what you were saying so there is no misinterpretation. You gotta try not to get mad at the old guy, recognizing the issue at hand.

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