If it’s too good to be true, it probably isn’t.
The Ramapo Police Department is asking residents with temporary Texas license plates to please check if they are valid.
“RPD has recently seen a large influx of fraudulent Texas Buyer Tags mounted on vehicles,” they wrote on Facebook. ” Within the last few weeks RPD has made over 8 arrests and written dozens of summons in regards.”
Since 2017, car dealers have sold millions of dollars worth of fake Texas Temporary “tags”, keeping tens of thousands of unsafe or stolen vehicles on the road.
According to the police, car dealers can access temporary tags from the state’s “e-tag” online system, but those are only legal when they’re selling a car that has passed the Texas Inspection within the past 180 days to a retail customer. The dealers are also required to apply for title and registration of the vehicle within 20 working days of the date of the sale.
These fraudulent paper “tags” are sold under the table, often to avoid safety inspections, emissions testing, vehicle registration suspensions, or to hide that a vehicle’s been stolen. Dealers often advertise the fake tags on sites like Craigslist and Facebook marketplace, according to the police.
If you are operating a vehicle with a Texas Temporary Tag, please be certain that it is valid. RPD is actively enforcing this fraud.