How to Attach a License Plate to the Front Bumper with No Holes

by William Jackson

Not every car comes equipped with pre-drilled holes in the front bumper, which makes it a bit tricky to attach a license plate. Some drivers even prefer to leave the front bumpers of their cars free of any license plates. There are some states, however, that require license plates installed on the front bumpers of all vehicles. This doesn't necessitate drilling holes to attach a license plate; actually, it is relatively simple to attach a license plate to the front bumper--all you need is a no-holes license plate bracket kit, available from your car manufacturer.

1

Expose the tow hook mounting point by removing the cap. This is usually found on the passenger's side of the front bumper. Use a flat-head screwdriver or a removal tool, if included in the kit. Be sure to keep the cap in a place safe, such as the glove compartment, in case you would like to reinstall it later.

2

Attach the no-hole adapter bolt to the tow hook by inserting the bolt and using the included wrench to tighten it in place.

3

Attach the license plate bracket to the bolt, then use the lock washer to tighten the bracket in place. Be sure that the license plate bracket is level before tightening the lock washer.

4

Determine the height that you would like the plate to be on the bumper and then attach the Optional License Plate Height Adjustment bracket to the already fastened bracket, using the washers and lock nuts included in the kit. Be sure that you attach these brackets at identical heights on the left and right sides of the main bracket.

5

Attach your license plate to the bracket, using the screws, washers, nuts and wrenches included in the installation kit. Note that for many kits you may need to bend the bracket and plate slightly in order for the plate to sit flat.

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About the Author

William Jackson has written, reported and edited professionally for more than 10 years. His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, scholarly journals, high-level government reports, books and online. He holds a master's degree in humanities from Pennsylvania State University.

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