Counterfeiting License Plates or Tags

Under Florida Statute Section 320.26(1)(a), Florida law prohibits making, using, selling, or possessing counterfeiting license plates, validation stickers, mobile home stickers, cab cards, trip permits, or special temporary operational permits.

Under Florida Statute Section 320.26(1)(a), Florida law prohibits making, using or possession counterfeit or altered manufacture International Registration Plan cab cards, trip permits, special temporary permits, or temporary operational permits.

Either offense is charged as a third-degree felony which is punishable by up to 5 years in prison or a $5,000 fine.

Even an association or corporation, can be punished as provided in s. 775.083 along with any official of the association or corporation under whose direction or with whose knowledge, consent, or acquiescence such violation occurred may be punished as provided in s. 775.082. Fines can also be imposed against the association or corporation as explained in Florida Statute Section 320.26(2).

Attaching Tag Not Assigned in Florida

Florida law also prohibits knowingly attaching to any motor vehicle (or mobile home) a registration license plate or a validation sticker if the plate or sticker was not issued and assigned or lawfully transferred to such vehicle as explained in Section 320.261.

The following three (3) elements of the crime of “Attaching Tag or Plate Not Assigned” must be proven:

  • The defendant attached a validation sticker or a registration license plate to a vehicle;
    The registration license plate or validation sticker was not lawfully issued and assigned to that vehicle; and
    The defendant knew that the plate or sticker was not lawfully issued and assigned to the vehicle.

The crime of knowingly attaching an unassigned license plate, tag, or validation sticker to a vehicle is charged as a second degree misdemeanor punishable by up to 6 months probation or 60 days in jail and a $500 fine.

Attorney for Counterfeiting a Plate or Tag in Florida

If you were charged with counterfeiting or altering a license plate, validation sticker, or operational permit, then contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at Sammis Law Firm.

We also represent clients on related charges for attaching tag not assigned.

Our main office is located in downtown Tampa, FL, in Hillsborough County. We have a second office in New Port Richey in Pasco County. We fight felony and misdemeanor cases throughout the greater Tampa Bay area.

Call 813-250-0500.