Think Twice Before Advertising on Your Car
Laws You Should CheckWhen researching the issue, you'll first need to consider state law. Many states regulate rear-tinted windows, which means you may not be able to advertise your business on car windows. Check with the local DMV or police station to see if they can provide any advice. Municipal law is your next step. Many cities regulate mobile advertisements. Though they tend to apply to moveable billboards and not vehicles, this is not always the case. San Francisco's Hustler Club, for example, knows very well that the city prohibits commercial advertisements on cars. Your City Hall should be able to provide you with more information. Your next step is to check with your Homeowners Association if you have one. You may not be able to park your vehicle on the street or in your driveway if it's plastered with advertisements. Check before you get towed. Once you've decided that you can legally advertise your business on a car, you're still not quite done. In some states, the presence of a car business advertisement will require you to re-register your car as a commercial vehicle. And depending on your insurance coverage, you may also need to purchase a separate business policy. Be sure to look into both of these before you hit the road. If you haven't started your business yet, you can complete business formation documents from home with simple, DIY options customized for your state.
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