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Around the country, front license plates help solve crimes and save lives through vehicle identification.

News stories are published about it. And personal accounts by law enforcement agents appear frequently in the media. We have prepared a collection of these stories for you to read, research, and share with your community.
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Uber, Lyft say their rides will be safer if Ohio keeps two license plate requirement

Uber and Lyft are getting involved in the political fight over Ohio’s license plate requirements. The ride-share giants have written Ohio Senate President Larry Obhof to throw their support behind Senate Bill 179, which would keep in place a requirement that vehicles registered in Ohio have two license plates.


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Sheriff Supports Bill Saving Ohio’s Front License Plate

Law enforcement officials in Zanesville, Ohio, including the Muskingum County Sheriff’s Office, are working to save Ohio’s front license plate.


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Fast Food Drive-Thrus May Use License Plate Readers in Near Future

Fast food drive-thrus could soon use license plate scanning technology to track your purchases and move the line along


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Man Flees After Hitting Pedestrian, Caught Via License Plate Left Behind: Austin Police

Police were able to track Dejuan Strong, 24, to his residence following hit-and-run incident via plate and tracing a 911 call he made.


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North Vancouver RCMP use licence plate left at hit-and-run scene to track down driver

A licence plate served as a handy clue for North Vancouver RCMP investigating a hit-and-run accident that destroyed a light standard and bus stop on Sunday night.


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Charges filed in death of Farmington businessman found in back of SUV after police pursuit

Charges filed in death of Farmington businessman found in back of SUV after police pursuit.


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License plate left at scene of accident in Fine leads to impaired driving charges for Harrisville man

Man was located by Troopers a short time later.


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Police: Man Plows through Lincoln Elementary Fence, Leaves License Plate at Scene

The man with a blood alcohol level four times the legal limit to drive crashed into a Lincoln Elementary School fence Saturday then drove away.


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Police: Trucker used fishing line to flip plate in toll scam

The man was accused of tampering with public records and theft of services.


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Bus passing a 'national epidemic'

Having a front plate would help catch people who fly by buses.


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Editorial, 2/23: Two license plates are better

Removing the front plate could take away valuable tool for solving crimes.


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Broken license plate links DUI suspect with hit-and-run

Police found the victim’s front license plate attached to the suspected drunk driver's truck hitch


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Homemade License Plate Lands Woman in Jail

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Mitchell Brown commentary: Front license plate helps ensure public safety

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Brooklyn man arrested with machetes, fake license plates in Jersey City, cops say

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Ohio's a two plate state

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Ohio panel recommends keeping speed limits, two license plates

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License plate expiration leads to warrant arrest, and other Trenton police briefs

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Sheriff wants state to maintain front and rear license plates on vehicles

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License plate leads to suspected drunken driver

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Drivers endangering kids by not stopping for school buses, police say

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Brooklyn man arrested with machetes, fake license plates in Jersey City, cops say.

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Lack of license plate leads to arrest of Springfield man, confiscation of heroin, cocaine, marijuana, ecstasy.

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Car Without License Plate Strikes Cyclist On The Embarcadero

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Mitchell Brown commentary: Front license plate helps ensure public safety

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LICENSE PLATE LEFT BEHIND LEADS TO ARREST OF DRIVER IN BUS WRECK

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LICENSE PLATE LEFT BEHIND AS DRIVER SPED FROM SMASHED HOUSE

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Driver in Franklin BBQ hit-and-run leaves behind license plate

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License plate imprint solves hit and run case

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License plate left at scene leads police to Wheaton student who allegedly fled crash scene early Saturday

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Bumper-sized evidence left behind after hit-and-run

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Two charged with theft in Eden Prairie

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Nine dead in mass shooting at SC church
Update: Shooter identified as Dylann Roof
Update: CAPTURED

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Letter: Mandate two license plates to catch criminals

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License plate helps Des Plaines police find fatal hit-and-run suspect

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No front license plate leads to drug bust

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Man charged in hit-and-run had left license plate at crash

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Fatal Overnight Hit-and-Run Crash Closes Northbound I-35E in Carrollton

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Front plates valuable to law enforcement

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Sheriff: License plate on badly burned car partially match missing woman's car

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No license plate on pickup truck leads to cocaine, ecstasy bust in Jersey City, cops say

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Two women arrested for car theft, drugs

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Left-behind license plate leads to hit and run arrest in Wallingford

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License plate in front helps ID the driver

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Waterville Rite Aid robbery suspect found dead

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Sheriff speaks out on plate bill

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Brooklyn man arrested with machetes, fake license plates in Jersey City, cops say

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Hampden police investigating hit-and-run accident

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Man wrecks car in high speed chase with child in tow

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License plate left in building, paperwork in grille of vehicle help police nab hit-and-run driver

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COHASSET POLICE: Audi grill with license plate left at hit and run crash scene

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Man flees crash scene, leaves license plate behind, Westfield police say

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Police: DUI driver hits cruiser, leaves license plate at scene

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License plate leads to child porn arrest

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License Plate Problem Leads to Arrest of Portland Man on Multiple Charges

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License plate led to man accused of killing Woodland pedestrian

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Suspicious license plate leads to big arrest in Andover

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Hit-and-run left an imprint of driver's license plate

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Missing Front Plate Lead Lodi Police to Suspected Car Thief

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Mismatched plates lead to world of trouble for man in Chatham Township

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CHP: Suspect in Fatal Hit and Run Tracked Down with License Plate Left at Scene

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31 pounds of marijuana seized during Tuesday traffic stop

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Response made issue clearer

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Driver stopped for license plate violations: North Royalton Police Blotter

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Missing License Plate Leads to Arrest (Illinois article)

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Driving without license plate leads to DUI arrest

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Hit and Run Leaves License Plate Behind

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Kraus renews effort to end front license plate

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Hit and Run Suspect Tracked Down By License Plate

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Hit-and-run driver left damage, license plate

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In a fit of road rage, driver runs over man and leaves license plate at the scene

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License plate, trail of debris lead to Clackamas drunk-driving suspect

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No Front License Plate Leads to Drug Possession Charge, More

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Hit & Run Crash Results In DWI Arrest

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Bumper, plate lead police to crash suspect's home

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ID of hit-and-run driver unknown, but license plate is a pretty good clue

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North Pole police: Hit-and-run driver left license plate behind

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High-tech license plate reader helps Perth Amboy police track cars

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Plate clue to driver who fled fatal hit and runs

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Hear a cop's pleas about license plates and driver's licenses

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Police: Missing Front Plate, Beltless Driver Leads to Drug Arrest

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Hit-and-Run Suspect Leaves License Plate at Scene of Crash

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License Plate Left At Scene Of Fatal Hit-And-Run On Cape Leads To Arrest

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Man charged with DWI; car's bumper was left at scene

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Bayonne driver leaves behind bumper with license plate after car crash

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Hit-and-Run Driver Busted After Leaving License Plate at Scene

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Why does Iowa require two license plates?

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Car fluids, lost license plate help solve crimes

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Missing license plate results in drunk driving charge: North Royalton Police Blotter

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Police Notes: Hit and run vehicle left license plate behind

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Police stop for missing license plate upheld, drug charge sticks

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Cops: License plate on road leads to hit-run driver (partial story)

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No Front Plate Leads to Drug/Weapons Bust on Hutch in New Rochelle

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License plate leads to suspect, Houston-area death

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Mount Olive cops say drunken driver left license plate at scene of crash

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License plate left at crash scene key to arrest

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License Plates: Crime Solving Tools


Every year, the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) collects stories from the field about the difference license plates make to public safety. Selected officers receive awards for their contributions to successful law enforcement through using license plates to solve or prevent crime.




2018 Winner:
Officer Caitlyn Crutchfield and Officer Erasmo Garcia


Officer Caitlyn Crutchfield and Officer Erasmo Garcia ++ proactively ran license plates during their discretionary time and used a license plate hit as the basis to stop a vehicle reported stolen in an armed robbery. They made the initial stop, secured the driver, recognized the need for follow-up, and recovered a weapon. Their continued follow-up led to robbery charges against the suspect and a likely homicide closure shortly after the offense occurred. Officers Crutchfield and Garcia’s actions in this instance looked beyond the license plate and resulted in the closure of violent felonies.



2017 Winner:
Sergeant R. Gregory Clee


On March 10, 2015, Sergeant Clee stopped a motor vehicle with an expired validation sticker on the plate, travelling in Toronto, Canada. Sergeant Clee ran a check of the driver based off the name provided. Sergeant Clee confirmed that the license plates were not registered to the vehicle but due to a technology malfunction, he was not able to view the driver’s license. Sergeant Clee determined that the driver was driving with a suspended license and issued a summons to appear in court.


While preparing for court, Sergeant Clee performed another search on the driver. This time he was able to pull the driver’s license photo from the name provided during the traffic stop. It was at that point Sergeant Clee realized that the image on the license did not match the driver of the vehicle. Upon further investigation, Sergeant Clee realized that the driver was committing identity theft and impersonation. Sergeant Clee was also able to establish that the accused committed fraud against the Ministry of Transportation by fraudulently registering vehicles and obtaining drivers licenses in fake names.





Stolen Vehicle Investigation Leads to FBI Homicide Investigation



Officer Pilkington was driving a fully marked Chandler Police Vehicle with license plate reader equipment through a public housing complex when he received a hit on a stolen white Dodge Intrepid. The vehicle was unoccupied upon discovery. The vehicle was unoccupied at the time Officer Pilkington found it, so Detective Wiseman was called to conduct surveillance undercover. No one came to the vehicle, so it was recovered.


Further investigation revealed that the apartment complex parking lot had a video surveillance, which exposed the identity of the male getting out of the stolen vehicle. Officer Pilkington was able to identify the male subject, receive the suspect's information, and conducted surveillance on the location. The man was located and arrested for possession of the vehicle. A search warrant was conducted in his apartment where the vehicle's key fob was located. The male was eventually booked for possession of the stolen vehicle.


While the stolen vehicle was being investigated, Officer Pilkington was contacted by a detective and the FBI that the male arrested was a suspect in a homicide. Not only was the male the subject, but the stolen vehicle is believed to be involved when committing the homicide. The investigation is still ongoing.


Expired Registration Results in Arrest of Drug Dealer by US Marshalls



Trooper Eric Randazzo of the Pennsylvania State Police was travelling on a local road in Swiftwater, Pa., when he observed a motorcycle merge onto the road not far from him. He routinely ran the rear license plate, which revealed that the motorcycle's registration had been expired for more than five years. Randazzo signaled for the rider to pull over, but observed the operator throw a clear plastic bag on the road before stopping. It was not only discovered that the rider had a suspended license, but when Trooper Randazzo retrieved the plastic bag thrown from the motorcycle, it was filled with methamphetamine. The rider was arrested, and later provided the address where the drugs were purchased.


Trooper Randazzo began to conduct surveillance on the residence where the drugs came from, which resulted in two additional traffic stops, three arrests, and the name of the drug dealer. A search warrant for the home was obtained, resulting in the seizure of crack cocaine, methamphetamine, narcotics weighing and packaging materials, and a safe containing $26,000. The dealer was later arrested by U.S. Marshalls because he was on active federal probation for a previous Drug Enforcement Agency arrest in the 1990s.


The dedication, tenacity and self‐initiative shown by Trooper Randazzo helped to take a significant amount of drugs and money off the streets in Monroe County, Pa., making the community a safer place to live.

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