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Yakima PlateMate License Plate Holder for Bike Racks

Yakima PlateMate License Plate Holder for Bike Racks

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Keep your license plate in full view and avoid costly tickets while traveling with your hitch-mounted bike rack. Easily mounts to bikes or bike racks with included hook-and-loop straps. Call 800-298-1624 to order Yakima accessories and parts part number Y02713 or order online at etrailer.com. Free expert support on all Yakima products. Guaranteed Lowest Price and Fastest Shipping for Yakima PlateMate License Plate Holder for Bike Racks. Accessories and Parts reviews from real customers.
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Keep your license plate in full view and avoid costly tickets while traveling with your hitch-mounted bike rack. Easily mounts to bikes or bike racks with included hook-and-loop straps.


  • License plate holder keeps your license plate in full view while using a hitch-mounted bike rack
    • Fits all US and Canada license plates
    • Works with most bike racks and bikes
  • 12 Mounting points allow versatile placement of holder with included hook-and-loop straps
    • Easily attaches to bike racks, bikes, or cargo carriers
  • Meets all safety regulations for license plate display on vehicle


  • Dimensions: 13" long x 7-1/2" tall x 1/8" thick
  • Limited lifetime warranty

8002713 Yakima PlateMate License Plate Holder for Hitch-Mounted Bike Racks

Item # Y02713

Installation Details Y02713 Installation instructions

Video of Yakima PlateMate License Plate Holder for Bike Racks

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

Video Transcript for Yakima PlateMate Bike Rack License Plate Holder Review

John: Hey, guys, John here from etrailer.com and today I want to talk to you about the Yakima PlateMate. This is it right here. It's a very simple design. Just gets our license plate to the back of our accessory in our trailer hitch. So whether we have a bike rack, we have a cargo carrier, anything that's a hitch mounted accessory that we're able to get these straps around, we'll be able to show our license plate at the back and help stay street legal.So we've taken the PlateMate off and with our bikes loaded up, we can't see our license plate at all. So obviously that's a problem while we're driving down the road.

Luckily, with Yakima's solution we're able to put it on our bikes or even just put it directly to the bike rack if need be.Now while we do have better visibility of our license plate without the bikes in the way, this does have a center mass that sits right in the middle of our license plate. So it still would be a good idea and it's still just as easy to install it on our bike rack.So the bike rack that we we're initially using this PlateMate on was a hanging style bike rack. This is a platform style bike rack and so our bikes will sit on top. They'll still cover our license plate, but when we have this up in the folded position like you see, it still covers our license plate quite a bit and so this is another useful application. We're not just limited to hitch mount bike racks either.

If we have a trunk mount bike rack, typically when we have our bikes hanging on them or even some of the lower parts here, they'll cover up our license plate so we can still use this bracket for this application as well.We're not just limited to bike racks either. Here we have our etrailer folding cargo carrier. We're able to put the PlateMate out on the outside because this basket will still hide our license plate some.We could have it in the folded position as well as the towed position here. This is useful in case we have taller items in our cargo basket that are going to hide our license plate.Here's the PlateMate without the license plate installed. We have plenty of different holes for different mounting configurations for license plates.

This is compatible with all U. S. and Canadian license plates so we don't have to worry about compatibility with our license plate. And in these holes all around the edges, these are what we're going to use for our hook and loop fasteners, our hook and loop straps, so we can fasten it to our bike frame or bike rack or even fasten it to maybe a cargo carrier.To install our license plate, we just line up the mounting holes of our license plate with those of the bracket and we use the plastic hardware. We have a plastic screw and then a plastic hand nut here.

We tighten it on the back. It's very simple. We don't need any tools and I really like that the hardware that we receive is plastic because it's not going to rust or corrode over time. If you've ever taken your license plate off of your vehicle, we all know it gets rusty and it's nasty. It can be hard to remove, hard to install. We don't have to mess with that with the PlateMate. So we've got one installed. Just do the same for the other three.Now to install it on our bike. There is no special way to do this. We simply just figure out what is going to work best for our situation. So here we have a kid's bike at the back of our bike rack. I'm just going to start off by placing the first one. And we get three straps and so what I'm going to do is I'm going to use two straps up here and then I'm going to put a third strap here and that's just going to help keep our bracket from going back and forth while we're heading down the road. And again, if your bike frame is different, you don't have to use these specific mounting holes. It's really just a universal design, quick and easy. There's really nothing special to it. It's just a very simple solution. Very practical, though.We've got our straps in place. It's not going anywhere.So we do get everything that we need to mount our license plate to the bracket, as well as our bracket to our bike rack, cargo carrier, whatever our hitch accessory is. If we do misplace this, like I know I would probably misplace one of the screws or one of the straps over time, we do have the replacement parts here at etrailer.com.So as we've seen, the PlateMate has a universal design that can fit basically any accessory that we're going to use in our hitch, on our hatch. Great way to keep ourselves legal and it's very easy to use. So that's going to do it for a look at the Yakima PlateMate. Thanks for watching.

Customer Reviews

Yakima PlateMate License Plate Holder for Bike Racks - Y02713

Average Customer Rating:  5.0 out of 5 stars   (4 Customer Reviews)

Keep your license plate in full view and avoid costly tickets while traveling with your hitch-mounted bike rack. Easily mounts to bikes or bike racks with included hook-and-loop straps.

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    In order to illuminate the Yakima PlateMate License Plate Holder for Bike Racks # Y02713 I would look into Optronics LED Trailer License Plate Light w/ Bracket # LPL55CB. This LED light kit uses the common 2 wire design; the black wire connects to positive wire and the white wire connects to ground. You may need to use 10 Gauge Primary Wire - Blue # 10-1-1 (sold per foot) in order to run the necessary wiring from your vehicle to the license plate light. I have attached an installation video...
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