How to replace a front license plate bracket

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How to replace a front license plate bracket
A number plate bracket is easy to remove. (Portugal number plate image by Gonçalo Carreira from

All cars have two separate number plate brackets. One plate goes in the back of the car and the other plate goes in the front. Many companies sell different shapes and colours of number plate brackets for different themes and sports teams. Replacing the bracket on the front number plate bumper only takes a few minutes. However, it is important to follow the steps carefully so that you do not warp or break the number plate bracket.

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Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Small container
  • Replacement screws
  • Number plate bracket
  • Drill
  • ¼ inch drill bit

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  1. 1

    Use a screwdriver to unscrew the number plate from the bracket in the front of the vehicle, to expose the screws holding the bracket in place.

  2. 2

    Loosen the screws holding the bracket in place before pulling them out completely. This prevents the number plate from warping, bending or cracking.

  3. 3

    Remove the screws starting in the top left, then the bottom right. Disconnect the bottom left side and finally the top right. Set the screws aside in a small container to save them for reinstallation.

  4. 4

    Replace any missing screws with new screws of similar size and thickness to the original screws. Replace any rusted or bent screws as well.

  5. 5

    Align the new bracket against the front of the car. Check that the screw holes in the bracket align with the holes in the vehicle bumper. If the holes do not align, drill new holes in the bumper with a drill.

  6. 6

    Screw the new bracket into place starting with the top left screw, then the bottom right. Finish with the top right and bottom left screws. Do not tighten the screws all the way until they are all screwed in partially. Tighten the screws to hold the bracket firmly against the front bumper.

  7. 7

    Screw the number plate back inside the new bracket.

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