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Officers are beginning to give citations to those whose license plate frame covers up any wording on their liscence plate.

The General Assembly passed the law last year to make sure numbers, letters, the state name and the number and month on the registration renewal sticker can be seen.

“It has been a year. We have not issued any citations for this violation up to this point. We’ve given verbal warnings or written warnings,” said Sgt. Jeff Gordon, spokesman for the state Highway Patrol.

Violators can be penalized up to $100, but Gordon said troopers can use discretion to decide whether a plate frame is illegal. The law applies only to vehicles registered in North Carolina.

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