Do you need a front license plate in California? And what is the penalty if you decide not to display a front license? Find out!
Does California Require a Front License Plate?
Yes, passenger vehicles registered in California must display valid license plates on both the front and back of the car.
Vehicle Code 5200 VC – Display of License Plates
CVC 5200 states:
“(a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.
(b) When only one license plate is issued for use upon a vehicle, it shall be attached to the rear thereof, unless the license plate is issued for use upon a truck tractor, in which case the license plate shall be displayed in accordance with Section 4850.5.”
What Is the Penalty of No Front License Plate?
A License Plate Display Failure ticket will cost around $196.
What Is a Valid License Plate?
In order for your license plate to be valid there must two stickers displayed on it. One showing what month your registration expires and another showing what year your registration expires. DMV will send new year stickers each time you renew your registration. While month stickers never change.
What Vehicles Require License Plates or Tags?
Vehicles that need license plates or registration tags from CA DMV include:
- Passenger Vehicles
- Commercial vehicles.
- Recreational vehicles.
- Off-highway vehicles (OHVs).
- Tow dollies.
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