How to Install the Front License Plate on a Ford Focus

Updated April 17, 2017

Number plate display regulations vary from state to state. All states specify that a rear number plate must be affixed to the vehicle. In addition, most states require that a duplicate number plate be affixed to the front of the vehicle. When vehicles are delivered to the deale,r number plates and brackets are not attached. Many dealers install brackets and advertisement placeholders where the license will eventually be located, but they will only put brackets on the car in the areas regulated by the law of the state. If an individual moves, he may have to install a front plate if his previous state did not require one. Installing the front number plate on the Ford Focus is a quick job.

Remove the front plate holder and screws from the boot. This plate holder is provided by the manufacturer and stored in the boot for installation by the dealer or consumer if necessary.

Determine the centre of your front bumper and the centre of the front plate holder with the measuring tape.

Line up the centre of the front plate holder with the centre of the bumper and draw small marks inside the screw holes to mark the drill points.

Use your drill to drill a pilot hole centred on each of the drill points. Drill to approximately 1/2-inch or so in depth, using a 1/16- or 1/8-inch drill bit.

Insert the front number plate into the front plate holder.

Recenter the front plate holder and number plate so that the drill holes and front plate holder line up.

Insert one screw into each of the holes in the front plate holder and bumper. Tighten them.

Test the security of the plate by gently pulling. Tighten the screws if necessary.


Frequently inspect your number plates to ensure that they are present and visible.


Failure to install a front number plate according to the regulations of your state may result in a traffic violation, loss of license points and a fine.

Things You'll Need

  • Drill
  • Measuring tape
  • Pencil or marking implement
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Jennifer Young has worked as a writer, editor and book publisher for professional life coaches and business entrepreneurs since 2007. She has specialized training and experience in project management and procurement, as well as contracting services. Young earned Bachelor of Arts degrees in both history and Japanese studies.