Thanks for all the info so far... Follow-up question: are they more serious about having front plates in SoCal compared to up here? I ordered a The Law mounting bracket to get it installed before the trip next week, but unfortunately it arrived defective and doesn't fit through the honeycomb. Not sure if I should go without, try some kind of zip-tie garbage, risk it, or what. Kind of bummed since I'd planed to just leave The Law mount installed, but it just doesn't fit.