California License Plate Stickers

Understanding License Plate Stickers

California license plate stickers are a critical component of vehicle registration, indicating the expiration date of your vehicle's registration. These stickers are placed on the rear license plate and must be renewed annually or biennially, depending on your registration cycle.

Types of Stickers

California DMV issues several types of license plate stickers, each representing different registration statuses:

  • Registration Stickers: Indicate the month and year of expiration.
  • Renewal Stickers: Received upon renewing your vehicle's registration.
  • Clean Air Vehicle Stickers: For vehicles that meet specific emissions standards, allowing access to carpool lanes.

How to Renew Your Sticker

To renew your license plate sticker, you can either visit the California DMV website, mail in your renewal notice, or go in person to a DMV office. You'll need to:

  • Complete the renewal process before the expiration date to avoid penalties.
  • Pay the renewal fee, which varies based on your vehicle type and location.
  • Provide proof of insurance and pass an emissions test if required.

Replacing a Lost or Stolen Sticker

If your license plate sticker is lost, stolen, or damaged, it's essential to replace it promptly to avoid being cited for expired registration. You can request a replacement through the DMV by providing your license plate number and paying a replacement fee.

Staying up to date with your license plate stickers is crucial for maintaining legal vehicle registration in California. Ensure you renew on time and keep your stickers visible on your license plate to comply with state regulations.