The Traffic Stop: Obstructing License Plates & Tail Lamps

By MPD Officer Marla
June 30, 2015

Obstructing License Plates & Tail Lamps (STOs #126.1 &147 and KSAs Supp. 8-15,110 & 8-1706 (

Loose meaning: A license plate may not be displayed in a way which affects its visibility or the reflectivity. Also, the plate must be lit with a white lamp which makes it visible from a distance of 50 feet anytime the headlights are on.

All the information on the plate, including state of issue, expiration, and number must be visible, not obscured by a plate frame or cover, or another object -mud or debris, for example.

In McPherson, an obstructed or unlit tag is a non-moving violation and may result in a fine amount of $30 with $55 court costs.

The “Traffic Stop” appears on Tuesdays to address topics of traffic enforcement in the City of McPherson. The Traffic Section of Patrol Bureau organizes the “Traffic Stop” and welcomes suggestions on topics to address. Please private message the McPherson KS Police Department your traffic enforcement questions unrelated to the current topic.

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