If you are a year-round Arizona resident , check your automobile license plates before January 1, 2009. Starting Jan. 1, 2009, police will stop vehicles if “Arizona” isn’t clearly visible at the top of the license plate. Violators will be fined an average of $135, plus court fees, depending on the city where the violation is discovered.
Many license frames hide the name of the state. These plate holders must be removed.
Arizona has more than 60 different kinds of specialty plates — there is everything from plates promoting wildlife conservation to amature radio operators. This plus the fact we have a lot of “seasonal visitors or snowbirds” with a huge range of out of state plates has made the task of monitoring the state’s license plates difficult for our law enforcement officials.
This new license plate law was passed in 2006, but implementation has been delayed until 2009. There are about 6.7 million registered vehicles in the state.