If numbers didn't match the plate registered to your vehicle, you deserved the ticket By your own admission, the number on the vintage plate didn't match the plate number registered to your vehicle. Vintage plate or not, the plate is supposed to identify your vehicle. On the plus side, if the vehicle was stolen, your chances of the police recovering the vehicle are increased if they can pull up the correct license plate number. It only makes their job harder when you have one license number on the front and a different one on the back. Save the vintage plate for the car shows, and respect that cop for doing his job: enforcing the law. All of us are equally subject to the law. I don't blame the cop for not playing favorites -- or for not making you the exception. Why should you be any more special than the rest of us? We appreciate your service to our country, but it doesn't make you above the law the rest of us have to follow.