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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch License Plate Holder

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CURT Accessories and Parts - C31002

  • Front Receiver Hitch
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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch License Plate Holder

If your front mount trailer hitch ends up behind your license plate, just use this front mount license plate holder. It can be held in place with a standard pin and clip; or, to better secure it, use a standard hitch lock.

  • Black, powder coating resists rust and corrosion
  • Compatible with 2" x 2" trailer hitches

C31002 Curt Trailer Hitch Mounted License Plate Holder

31002 Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch License Plate Holder

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Videos are provided as a guide only. Refer to manufacturer installation instructions and specs for complete information.

Video Transcript for Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch License Plate Holder Review and Installation

Hi there front hitch owners. Today, we're going to be taking a look at CURT's Hitch Mount License Plate Relocation Bracket. Now you may be wondering why I've got a license plate on my vehicle. Why do I need a license plate relocation bracket Well, that really just depends on what your intentions are. Maybe you're wanting to put an aftermarket bumper on the front and that may eliminate your license plate bracket, but you've got a front mount hitch already on there, so you can easily Mount it up to that. Or maybe you're one to add a brush guard, and that may run across your license plate here and obstruct it, so to keep you legal, we can relocate it further down below here.Depending on your vehicle, if you do install a front mount hitch in a lot of cases, the bracket may be in the way, so you're going to have to remove your original license plate anyway, for that installation.

Now, we didn't have to do that here on this vehicle, but on many of your trucks out there, you do have to.It's designed to fit in standard two inch by two inch receivers and uses a five eight inch hitch pin and clip secure it. One doesn't come included with the hitch, but if you need a hitch pin and clip, you can get one in here. This not only works on our front hitch, but it'll also work in your rear hitch if it's also a two inch by two inch opening.We're now here at the back of a truck with it slid into the receiver here at the back. Again, this is really, if you just need to get your license plate visible. If you've got any accessories here at the back, maybe you've got some stuff strapped down, you've got your tailgate removed and things might be hanging over where your plate normally is.

We can easily just slide this in here with our plate on it and drop it down below those loads.When you're ready to install your plate mount, there are two different hitch pin holes, so you can set the depths that you want. Simply slide it into your receiver and line up the holes in your relocation plate with the ones in your hitch. We can have it extend out if we have accessories that run up here on top, that may obstruct it or keep it from going all the way back. Or if it's not an issue, if this is going to sit completely below our accessories, then we can tuck it in even further to bring it closer to the truck, just to help increase the appearance of it, so it's not sticking out so much.It can also be installed in the rise position where the majority of it goes up, whichever one works best for your application. The plate is designed to work with any standard license plate.

If we hold it up there, you can see that the slotted holes in our license plate line up with the slotted holes on the plate mount here. The one thing that I did notice though, is that the holes here in the plate mount are significantly larger than what you would have on your license plate. If you we're trying to use just the regular hardware that you typically would use, you we're going to need to use some vendor washers or else that hardware is simply just going to pull through. This is a typical hardware that you would use. You can see here, I can pass it straight through, so we'll be using these fender washers on the back side to prevent that from happening.Now, the hardware doesn't come included with your mounting bracket, but you can pick some up at your local hardware store.

We're just going to be using some washers with small bolts to run it through. On the backside, we're going to use that larger fender washer. Then we're going to secure it with a nylon locking nut. You could also use just a regular nut with a lock washer if you have that type of hardware.We can then tighten our hardware down. We're going to be using an 11 millimeter wrench for our nut. That's probably the most common size. We're also going to center our plate here in the front when we go to tighten it down. Then we're just going to zip that tight. Once it is snug, we're just going to stop there. There's no reason to over-tighten it. That's just going to warp your license plate.Now there are four sets of holes on your bracket. So you could put two on the top and bottom, but really you only need to secure it with two, whether you choose it to be on the top or the bottom, it doesn't really matter which one. That'll hold it securely in place.To help match your vehicle, it features a black powder coat finish, and that also protects the solid steel construction from any rust or corrosion ensuring long lasting operation. That completes our look at CURT's Hitch Mounted License Plate Relocation Bracket.

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Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch License Plate Holder - C31002

Average Customer Rating:  4.7 out of 5 stars   (60 Customer Reviews)


This product was designed to be durable and long lasting. The welds look good and the coating is even and cover the mount in its entirety. The edge of the plate mounting area extends beyond the plate so there is no worry about the plate itself catching on anything. I recommend this product!


I didn’t like the look of license plate attached to spare wheel and wanted to show the full wheel. I found the trailer hitch license plate holder and lock on Etrailer. It works perfectly. Makes the back of the Hummer look a lot more appealing. Ordering was easy and package arrived within a week. I’m a forever customer. Thanks Etrailer.


I bought the Curt front mount Trailer hitch plate holder and a Draw-Tite front mount hitch. These parts were purchesed for a 2500 06 Duramax, everything fit perfect. I'm pleased with both products and the shipping was Super fast. Thanks again Julie H ;).


I needed this license place mount for a custom built spare tire holder and bike carrier. I am using it on my class c motorhome because the spre tire covers up the license plate.


Very heavy duty! Only four stars because the holes to mount the plate are so large...required using fender washers front and rear to mount plate. Arrived very fast and in excellent condition.


Solid...purchased with a front hitch yet holes are drilled to big for standard license plate hardware so I had to add some oversized washers.


A very solid license plate holder. I drilled an additional hole so that the license plate holder did not stick out so far and used a bolt to secure which tightens the fit and eliminates any rattling.


The right accessory for anyone with a front hitch receiver that is required to have a front license plate on display on public roads.



Has held up great, fits great, and keeps me legal.


This is extremely heavy duty and appears to be well made. It fit perfectly on the 2" front hitch we had installed to hold a bike rack when we go camping. I did have to purchase four 1" washers for a minimal price to keep the license plate on, as the holes are extremely large. I attached it with a locking hitch receiver pin and am ready to go!


This is extremely well made and worked perfectly to relocate the tag on my truck to the receiver hitch. Added a light and plugged into the trailer wires. Curt quality!


Fits front receiver hitch on my Chevy HD3500 crew cab. An excellent product to place a decorative license plate to hide receiver sticking through bumper.


I'm super happy with this product. It's perfect !


This thing is sturdy on my truck's front hitch. I bought a good clear plastic license plate cover to keep it protected. Add a hitch lock and you are good to go.


Crimany this made in America steel product weighs over 7 pounds! Plate mounting slots a little large - fender washers worked for that - all installed on 2008 GMC Sierra with front receiver and using the Master lock stainless quick pin. (ML1465DAT) All from of course!


The trailer hitch license plate holder was delivered as promised and it is excellent quality.


Product was the perfect solution to the problem. Needed to create an attachment point for a surf fishing rod holder - and license plate - on the front of my 2010 Tahoe 'beach buggy' Already had a front receiver installed on the vehicle.
Great customer service as well.


I needed a way to mount the smv sign to the back of my side by side. this item works perfect. the sign hooks on with a couple of bolts and fits into my receiver.



Works great for my smv sign on the back of side by side.


Holder arrived on time and in good shape. Needed a couple of different sized washers to attached the plate, but no big deal. Looks good on the front of my truck, using the 65056 front receiver hitch.


This is the second product I have ordered from Etrailer. Haven't received it yet but the front receiver hitch I got from them was great. The video made it so easy to install. The customer service has been awesome. I will definitely keep buying from these guys.


The quality of this trailer hitch license plate holder far surpasses my expectations!


Wow, this thing is sturdy. Maybe even over built. I would have been happy with a lighter lower price version.



Still great! Very Happy!


Great quality and solid. Unfortunately I didn't need it for my truck. It would have been better to ordered a step that I would have use.
It serves its purpose for certain states.


Got it painted to match the color of my front bumper replacement. Bracket is sturdy enough to be used as a pushbar! What a piece. Holes are a bit big, but work great with washers.


Well made but the holes are far too big for mounting a basic license plate.


Well made product, but I do agree with other reviewers....the holes are way too large for the licence plate mounting purpose intended.

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  • Dimensions for Curt License Plate Holder # C31002
    I went to our warehouse and took some measurements of the Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch License Plate Holder # C31002 for you. The part is 6-1/2" wide and 12-1/2" tall. I used the digital calipers to measure the plate's thickness which measured 0.2". The part is made of a heavy duty steal with black, powder coating to resist rust and corrosion. Check out the graphic I made of these dimensions and the demonstration video of this part that I have included under help information.
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  • Replacement 2 Inch Receiver Cover Plate
    I don't believe we have the 4 screw plastic hitch cover plate you are referring to. I've attached all of our hitch cover options for 2 inch hitch receivers to assist. If you are looking for a hitch mounted license plate holder, we have the steel # C31002 and # 5443. Both of these are welded to the receiver shank. We do not carry a plastic version of this.
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  • Hitch Pin Clearance Measurements for Curt Front Mount Trailer Hitch Licenese Plate Holder
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  • Dimensions for License Plate Holder C31002 When Used in the Upright Position
    I went to our warehouse and measured the license plate holder, and when # C31002 is used in the upright position, the top of the face plate sits 4 inches above the top of the shank. The bottom of the face plate would be 5/8 of an inch below the bottom of the shank. The edges of the face plate are 5-1/8 inches from the sides of the shank.
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