It is a pet peeve of many Texans who have nice cars…the unsightly front license plate. From all I can tell, the dreaded front license plate serves no meaningful purpose. Perhaps we have a chance to change that.
Texas currently requires vehicles to display both front and rear license plates, with the exception of motorcycles. With a little luck and some hard work, this antiquated law could change soon. Recently, representative Larry Gonzales of Williamson County introduced House Bill 276 that would require only a single rear license plate in the future. The bill, favored by state car enthusiasts, car collectors, and I believe the general public, would apply to passenger cars and light trucks.
House Bill 276 would apply to all passenger cars that accommodate 10 or fewer passengers and light trucks, including pickup trucks, panel delivery trucks, or carryall trucks that have a manufacturer’s rated carrying capacity of 2,000 pounds or less.
The bill would protect the aesthetic appearance of collector cars and relieve vehicle owners of the burden of having to create mounting holes on fabricated bumpers, and many factory front bumpers that do not come with holes for a front bracket. Case in point, neither my Corvette nor Range Rover come with bumper holes for a license plate.
House Bill 276 would save money and resources and bring Texas in line with many other states that have moved to a single plate requirement.
At least a handful of other states are considering similar legislation as we speak. If you are in favor of eliminating front license plates in Texas, send an email to each of the members of the Texas State Transportation Committee. You can cut and paste this list into your outgoing email to support House Bill 276: