Press Release
05/20/2013

DA Announces James Bond-Style License Plate Flippers Are Illegal

Bexar County District Attorney Susan Reed is pleased to announce that the “Flipper Bill” was passed unanimously by the Texas House on Friday. The bill, Senate Bill 1757 (External Site), by Sen. Carlos Uresti, D-San Antonio, criminalizes possession of a license plate flipper, making it a class B misdemeanor punishable by up to six months in jail. Distributing or selling a flipper is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail.

The flipper is a device that allows a driver to switch between two different license plates from inside the vehicle in less than two seconds. Visit http://licenseplateflipper.com (External Site) for more information.

“We anticipate the Governor will be more than happy to sign off on a bill that helps keep our roads, airports, schools and communities safe by insuring criminals can't hide their vehicle's identity,” said Reed.

DA Investigator, Mark Gibson, brought the flipper to Reed's attention. She thereafter brought it to the legislators in order to prohibit use of this law enforcement defeating device in Texas.

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