Remove the front numberplate holder

Last updated 12-Oct-2021

For some reason best know to Tesla, the front and rear numberplates are held in place by bulky, ugly plastic numberplate holders. These make the numberplates stick out a long way from the car and are just ugly. What's worse, the numberplate holder is actually 2 separate things, one attached to the other. The good news is removing them is really easy and all you need is a screwdriver and for the front numberplate we recommend a vinyl numberplate for a really sharp look although the original numberplate can be stuck on with some thick numberplate sticky pads or velcro.

What you need to do

The numberplate holder is pretty bulky and isn't actually that secure. Simply prize off the front trim to release the numberplate. This takes literally seconds.

Tesla bulky front numberplate holder

Once the front numberplate is out of the way you'll see a couple of screws that remove the outer numberplate holder from the mounting plate.

Tesla front numberplate removed

If you wanted to you could attach your existing numberplate directly to the mounting plinth using double sided tape but we think you may as well remove the plinth as well. A couple more screws and it's gone.

Tesla front numberplate plinth

You're now left with a painted bumper surface to fix your numberplate to. If you're going to attach a vinyl plate you need to remove any plastic burrs from the bumper surface to make it smooth. There is no need to fill the holes.

Tesla with front numberplate removed

Attach the vinyl numberplate after spraying the area with soapy water. The hardest part is to smooth out any air pockets and align the numberplate. We find it might have a few air pockets but these disappear over time.

Tesla front numberplate without the holder.

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