How to install your own license plates?

Just got a new license plate for your new car? Or did the one on your old car come off? In either case, you need to ask. Generally, the installation is done by a professional of the car industry. However, considering the price already paid for the purchase of a new license plate if you have the right tools, you can also do it yourself. We show you how to do this in the following paragraphs.

What tools should I use to install my license plates?

You don’t need to be a mechanic or a skilled handyman to install a license plate. What we need are simply three tools that will be useful for fixing. We are talking about a drill with a 5 mm drill bit, 4 rivets and a rivet gun. We don’t need anything else! These three will do very well and can be easily found in hardware or car parts stores.

The steps to follow

Now that you have all the equipment with you, you can get right to work. The first thing to do is of course to remove the old plates from the car. To do this, you only need to drill the plates at the level of the rivets that are already installed. Once all the rivets are removed (and you’ll need to check), the plate will come off and you can then move on to installing the new plate. Here is how you should proceed:

  • First, drill 2 mounting holes on your new license plate. Here, you will not have to worry about the location since all plates already come with marks where you can make the holes.
  • Next, you will have to make holes on the car and for that you have to put the plate on the chassis and where you want to place it. Then drill the plate on the right and make sure the hole goes through the plate and the vehicle frame.
  • Once the holes are made, you just have to put the license plate on the frame and fix it with a rivet clip and a rivet. Here, you will have to press hard enough so that the rivet breaks and is fixed on the plate.

After these operations, your license plate is now installed. And finally, you can put a cover on the rim to enhance the aesthetics, but it is not mandatory.

What information can I get from a license plate?

There are situations that often lead you to wonder if it is possible to obtain certain information from a license plate. This is the case when you want to know the identity of the owner of a vehicle that hit and run after hitting you from behind. A driver has left a parking lot and forgotten something valuable, how can you tell him that his property is in good hands? Or you simply want to know the identity of a pretty young woman in the car next to you. Rumors are currently circulating about the possibility of obtaining a good amount ofinformation through one’s license plate. Is this possible? What type of information can be collected?

Know the identity of the motorist through his license plate

In principle, access to the vehicle registration system (SIV) is reserved only for a restricted category of people. Indeed, only the gendarmerie, the police, the prefectures, the administrations and the government can access the SIV file. These documents and information are useful to them in the performance of their work. Of course, individuals are not allowed to consult them in order to avoid abuse.

In case of a hit and run or bad behavior on the road, what you can do is to file a complaint. This way, you can easily identify the owner of the vehicle after the investigation by the officials. Unfortunately, the way seems complex, even impossible for a private individual who wants to know the identity of a motorist who forgot his backpack in the parking lot or the beautiful young woman in the car next door. It is also important to note that it is not possible to obtain the driver’s telephone number through his or her license plate in order to preserve the privacy of each individual.

Does the registration identify the model of a vehicle?

Currently, several online sales sites for spare parts or for the coast of the car can clearly identify the model of the vehicle from its registration. All the user has to do is type in the series of letters and numbers, and it’s done. However, the use of such information requires prior authorization from the prefecture.

Get the car’s serial number

The sequence of letters and numbers on the license plate cannot be used to determine the vehicle’s serial number. To acquire it, you need to see the car in question. Rest assured, the vehicle identification number (or VIN) is prominently displayed in several places, such as on the lower part of the windshield.

Is the department identifiable?

Determining the department or region of origin of the car is possible. This is done through the last two or three characters on the license plate. But for some time now, motorists have tended to put the department of their choice on their car. This does not make certain the veracity of the information provided by the license plate.

In conclusion, the registration may contain some confidential information, which does not allow everyone to have access to it. However, there are a few exceptions.



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