I bought my 2001 Audi TT in November 2000. It was brand new and had no front license plate. I drove it everywhere. No problem.
About 5 months ago having left my car at the Santa Barbara Airport parking lot while traveling, I returned to find a ticket for not having a front license plate. The penalty was $45 or prove that the situation had been rectified within 30 days. I paid the fine. About a month ago, I parked my car at a public lot in Santa Barbara while attending the WAVE Film
This time, I made an appointment with DMV and paid for two new plates. Since this car was not intended to sport a front license plate my options were to a) drill holes into the plastic bumper, b) jury-rig magnets in a way that I found online in an Audi TT chat room, or c) take it to the Audi dealership and pay about $150 for a new specially designed plastic license plate holder. Yes, I chose option 3. Having recently just replaced my oil pan — most likely from driving on our rutted dirt road to my studio — $150 seemed like a bargain!