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How to Remove a License Plate Holder

by Jessie Farkas

License plate holders are an inexpensive way to personalize a vehicle. Many drivers frame their license plates with holders that display their favorite sports team, their alma mater, political logos or a funny quote or phrase. Removing the license plate cover is simple, requiring nothing more than a screwdriver.

Locate the screws securing the license plate holder to the vehicle. There will usually be between two and four screws attaching the license plate holder. They are either two in the upper corners of the holder or one on each of the four corners.

Determine what type of screwdriver will be needed to remove the screws. License plate holders are usually held in place with flat head or phillips head screws.

Use the appropriate screwdriver to remove the screws by turning them counterclockwise. A power screwdriver will make this process much quicker, but a regular screwdriver should get the job done just fine.

Secure the screws in a safe place as you remove them from the license plate holder. They will be needed to reattach a new license plate holder or frame or the license plate itself at the very least.

Pull the license plate holder gently away from the vehicle if it doesn't slide off as you remove the final screw. Sometimes natural elements will cause the license plate and holder to become stuck into place. Both, however, should easily detach from the vehicle when the final screw is removed.

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About the Author

Jessie Farkas has been writing professionally since 2006. Her work has been featured in "The Record-Courier," "The Nevada Sagebrush" and on several online publications. She has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno.

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