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Motorcycle license plate regulations have changed

Question: Do license plates on motorcycles have to be mounted in a certain fashion? I see them in all kinds of positions and wonder how you officers manage to read them.

Answer: Just last year, there was a change to that statute and I suppose this is good time of year to bring up that subject. According to statute 169.79 sb 3, "If the vehicle is a motorcycle, motor scooter, motorized bicycle, motorcycle sidecar, trailer registered at greater than 3,000 pounds gross vehicle weight (GVW), semitrailer, or vehicle displaying a dealer plate, then one license plate must be displayed horizontally with the identifying numbers and letters facing outward from the vehicle and must be mounted in the upright position on the rear of the vehicle."

The under lined section was the new addition to the law. This clarifies what I have been telling riders for years. That the license plate has to be mounted so as to be legible and easily seen. Enjoy the ride, but don't forget the helmet.

Parents don't just hand over the keys to your new driver. Please take the time to ride with them and let them gain experience before allowing them to face the dangers of a public road on their own. 

If you have any questions concerning traffic related laws in Minnesota send your questions to Trp. Andy Schmidt- Minnesota State Patrol at 1000 Highway 10 West, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501-2205, or