Do cops really check the license plate of the car in front of them?

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asked Jun 5 in Law Enforcement/Police by fastieback322 (830 points)
Do cops really check the license plate of the car in front of them?

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answered Jun 5 by Kpup89 (900 points)
Cops do really check the license plate of the car in front of them if they are not busy going to another car.

If the police are just randomly driving behind you and are in no hurry then the police will run your license plate if you're in front of them and check to see if it's a stolen car, etc or if the license plate is current.

If the license plate is okay then they won't stop you but if the license plate is stolen or invalid then they will pull you over.

Also most police cars also have automatic license plate readers that scan and read license plates around the police car and then alerts the police to the status of the license plate.

When police pull you over the police runs your information through their computer in the police car and when they are looking up information the police are looking for any warrants, a valid driver's license, checking to see if your driver's license is suspended or revoked, checking to see if your tag or license plate is the correct license plate and checking to see if the car or vehicle has been stolen or not.

If everything checks out and your license is valid and you have no warrants or the car was not stolen then you will be on your way.

If you have warrants then you'll be arrested for those warrants or warrant or if you have a suspended or revoked driver's license.

Your picture does show up on the police computer when you get pulled over by the police.

The police will ask for your drivers license and then look up your information and also if they run your tag number which they will do then your picture will show up as the owner to the car on the registration.

Yes a cop can see your driver's license picture on his or her computer even if you have forgotten your driver's license.

If you give the cop your full name, address and social security number then they can usually lookup your drivers license and see if you have a valid license to drive.

That happened to me before as I forgot my drivers license in my other wallet when I got a new wallet and the cop was nice about it and was able to look up my information and I was on my way.

Cops do several different things on their laptops which is to get information from dispatch, lookup addresses, use GPS to get to the location, look up warrants, run your drivers license, pull up your picture etc.

Most police cars also have the ability to automatically run license plates as the police car gets behind you and so it can alert the police to an expired tag or if the tag does not match the vehicle it's on.

Police use several different types of software on their laptops to look up information and also connect with the dash cam and body camera etc.

The software that police use on their laptops in the police car are software which include.


Axon Redaction Assistant.

CentralSquare Technologies.

Field Ops.


Routing Platform with Modem.

CrimeCenter Software.

Intelligence Management Module.

Police Cruisers or police cars do have WiFi as the police cars computers connect to the internet through a MiFi device or mobile hot spot.

The laptops then connect to the internet through that mobile hot spot.

Most police departments are now using cell phone MIFI devices, connected to their MDTs. So, in effect, those do have WiFi, connected to a local cell phone provider.

Some cars are equipped to where their dash cam is also live streamed to dispatch whenever the emergency lights have been activated.

Police Laptops connect to the internet through cellphone towers using a mobile data plan which is usually through Verizon mobile Internet.

The kind of computer that cops and police use are Panasonic Toughbook Laptops in their police cars and usually the operating system the police or cops use is Linux.

Police computers work just like any other computer and they connect to the internet through a mobile data plan and connect to the cellphone towers and use the same internet signal as your mobile data device uses to connect to the internet.

Police Computers also use several different types of software and usually have their own in house designed and written software to lookup license plates and other information.

Some of the software that police do use are.


Axon Redaction Assistant.

CentralSquare Technologies.

Field Ops.


Routing Platform with Modem.

CrimeCenter Software.

Intelligence Management Module.

Police Computers mostly run Linux and they use a Panasonic Toughbook Laptop.

Police Use Toughbook Laptop Computers which are very rugged.

Panasonic Toughbook laptop computers are what the police use and they are built and designed to handle tough conditions that a normal laptop cannot function in for too long.

Police use a laptop known as the ToughBook.

The computers that police use are Laptops designed for police use which is a version of the ToughBook laptop.

To get the most out of their mobile data terminals, police officers need a step beyond the average laptop. In fact, the specific device designed for fields such as law enforcement comes in a class of its own: the Toughbook.

Cops use Toughbook laptops as they are very rugged and can stand up to the use that police put them through as a laptop for police needs to be very reliable.

Toughbook is a trademarked brand name owned by Panasonic Corporation that refers to its line of rugged computers.

The Toughbook, introduced in 1996 with the CF-25, is, like most other rugged laptops, designed to withstand outside forces which would normally damage or destroy normal laptops.

Toughbook mobile computers are used in a wide variety of industries, including construction, defense, emergency services, government, healthcare, law enforcement, manufacturing, oil, gas, telecom, and utilities.

In 2011, Panasonic introduced the Toughpad brand of ruggedized tablets, built to many of the same specifications as its Toughbook laptop line.

An MDT, also known as a mobile data terminal, is one type of computing equipment traditionally found in patrol cars.

MDTs have served for years as the display and data capture device needed for eCitation. More recently, many MDTs have now been replaced by MDCs (mobile data computers).

The laptops and computers that police use are connected to the internet through mobile data through Verizon which gives the police unlimited data.

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