I was pulled over for not displaying a front plate. The state trooper told me that the plate had to be on my front bumper. I had the plate on the dashboard showing through the windshield.
Unless your car is older than one built in 1948 (or a coupl eof narrow exceptions) the plate has to be displayed on the outside of the cart.
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Yes, Iowa is a two plate state. Except in limited circumstances (for classic and certain expensive cars), the license plate goes on the front of your car. The windshield is not the "front" of your car.
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Unless you qualify for an exemption, Iowa requires a front and rear plate and they need to be displayed properly. In most instances that is going to be the front bumper (or some place reasonably close to the bumper) and the rear bumper or trunk - usually where the vehicle maker has provided a place to attach the plate. Other states allow only one plate and Iowa has to honor that state's laws, but if your vehicle is registered in Iowa it needs both plates or you give law enforcement a valid reason to pull you over.
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