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City Council Requests Federal Help in Fight Against Black Market for Temporary License Plates

Most of the illegal paper tags in New York are from out of state, making a federal solution necessary to fight temp tag fraud, Council members argued in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg on Thursday.

August 4, 2023

New Jersey Proposes Sweeping Reforms That Would Deal a Blow to Illegal Temp Tag Industry

The proposal, which follows a Streetsblog investigation, would be the most significant revision of the state's dealer regulations in more than a decade.

July 28, 2023

‘Law-and-Order’ Council Member Had Fake, Illegal License Plate in Her Driveway

The bogus temporary tag was on a luxury sports car outside the home of Queens lawmaker Vickie Paladino. The car belongs to her son and spokesman, Thomas Paladino Jr.

July 24, 2023

‘Maliciously Obstructed’ License Plates Surge on MTA Bridges and Tunnels

MTA toll gantries snapped 32,313 "maliciously obstructed" plates in November 2022 — a nearly 200-fold increase from 2017.

July 24, 2023

NYPD’s Fight Against ‘Ghost Cars’ Lacks Serious Muscle

The NYPD claims it has stepped up its efforts to summons and arrest car drivers who cover or deface their plate, or drive with a fake temporary tag, but its own statistics show that the effort has not continued into this year, department officials said on Monday.

June 27, 2023

‘Duped’: A Harlem 20-Something Blows the Whistle on an Illegal Temporary License Plate Business

Kareem found out the hard way that his Craigslist gig delivering temp tags was illegal. Now he's exposing the operation that employed him, revealing clues about his anonymous bosses that all trace back to the same place.

June 9, 2023

N.J. Legislator Proposes New Charges for Selling, Driving With Illegal Temporary License Plates

"For those that want to misuse and abuse our laws, the penalties should be much higher, and the potential for criminal penalties should be a disincentive as well," a Jersey Assembly member said.

May 10, 2023