California Exempt License Plates

What are Exempt License Plates?

Exempt license plates in California are issued to vehicles owned by government entities and certain non-profit organizations. These plates signify that the vehicle is exempt from standard registration fees and some parking regulations.

Eligibility for Exempt Plates

Vehicles eligible for exempt plates include those used for official government business, including federal, state, and local agencies. Non-profit organizations, like ambulances and fire trucks, may also qualify. Private use is not permitted with these plates.

Application Process for Exempt Plates

To apply for exempt plates in California:

  • Complete the Application for Exempt License Plate form (REG 5057).
  • Provide proof of ownership and any required documentation that supports the exempt status claim.
  • Submit the application to the DMV either in person or via mail.

Note that exempt plates remain with the vehicle and do not transfer to new owners if the vehicle is sold. If a vehicle with exempt plates is decommissioned, the plates must be returned to the DMV.

Benefits and Limitations

While exempt plates offer certain privileges, such as exemption from registration fees and parking fares in some areas, they also come with limitations. Vehicles with exempt plates are subject to strict audits to ensure they are used within the scope of their exempt purpose.

Understanding the use and regulations of exempt license plates is crucial for entities that qualify for these plates. Misuse may result in fines and revocation of the exempt status. For a full understanding of the rules and benefits of exempt license plates in California, consult the latest DMV guidelines or contact a DMV representative.