State laws differ however most require that a car have a temporary or permanent plate on a vehicle in order to drive it.

Wisconsin Department of Transportation states that WI law requires buyers of cars and small trucks (8000 pounds or less) to display a permanent or temporary plate within two business days of purchase. Driving without plates is subject to a maximum fine of $200 in Wisconsin.

To find out your state’s requirements regarding showing a license plate or tags on a vehicle and the penalties for driving a car without plates on it, check with your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles.

 — Michelle Megna contributed to this story.

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