Article 7. License Plates of California Vehicle Code >> Division 3. >> Chapter 1. >> Article 7.
(a) The department, upon registering a vehicle, shall issue
to the owner two partially or fully reflectorized license plates or
devices for a motor vehicle, other than a motorcycle, and one
partially or fully reflectorized license plate or device for all
other vehicles required to be registered under this code. The plates
or devices shall identify the vehicles for which they are issued for
the period of their validity.
(b) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no contract shall
be let to any nongovernmental entity for the purchase or securing of
reflectorized material for the plates, unless the department has made
every reasonable effort to secure qualified bids from as many
independent, responsible bidders as possible. No contract shall be
let to any nongovernmental entity for the manufacturing of
reflectorized safety license plates.
(c) In addition to any other fees specified in this code, a fee of
one dollar ($1) for reflectorization shall be paid only by those
vehicle owners receiving license plates or devices under this
(d) This section does not require vehicle owners with
nonreflectorized license plates or devices to replace them with
reflectorized plates or devices.
(e) This section shall be known as the Schrade-Belotti Act.
(a) Notwithstanding subdivision (a) of Section 4850 and
Section 5200, the department, upon registering a truck tractor, shall
issue to the owner one suitable license plate or other device which
identifies the vehicle for which it is issued and for the period of
its validity. The license plate or other device shall be attached to
the front of the vehicle.
(b) This section shall become operative only when and if the
Department of the California Highway Patrol implements a program
which requires identifying numbers on the right and left sides of
Every license plate shall have displayed upon it the
registration number assigned to the vehicle for which it is issued,
together with the word "California" or the abbreviation "Cal." and
the year number for which it is issued or a suitable device issued by
the department for validation purposes, which device shall contain
the year number for which issued.
(a) License plates issued for motor vehicles, other than
motorcycles, shall be rectangular in shape, 12 inches in length and
six inches in width. The number and letter characters on the plates
shall have a minimum height of two and three-quarter inches, a
minimum width of one and one-quarter inches, and a minimum spacing
between characters of five-sixteenths of an inch.
(b) Motorcycle license plates shall measure seven inches in length
and four inches in width, and the characters on the plates shall
have a minimum height of one and one-half inches and a minimum width
of nine-sixteenths inches, and shall have a minimum spacing between
characters of three-sixteenths of an inch.
(a) The department may issue one or more stickers, tabs, or
other suitable devices in lieu of the license plates provided for
under this code. Except where the physical differences between the
stickers, tabs, or devices and license plates by their nature render
the provisions of this code inapplicable, all provisions of this code
relating to license plates may apply to stickers, tabs, or devices.
(b) The department may establish a pilot program to evaluate the
use of alternatives to the stickers, tabs, license plates, and
registration cards authorized by this code, subject to all of the
(1) The alternative products shall be approved by the Department
of the California Highway Patrol.
(2) The pilot program shall be limited to no more than 0.5 percent
of registered vehicles for the purpose of road testing and
(3) The alternative products to be evaluated shall be provided at
no cost to the state.
(4) Any pilot program established by the department pursuant to
this subdivision shall be completed no later than January 1, 2017.
(5) Any pilot program established by the department pursuant to
this subdivision shall be limited to vehicle owners who have
voluntarily chosen to participate in the pilot program.
(c) In the conduct of any pilot program pursuant to this section,
any data exchanged between the department and any electronic device
or the provider of any electronic device shall be limited to that
data necessary to display evidence of registration compliance. The
department shall not receive or retain any information generated
during the pilot program regarding the movement, location, or use of
a vehicle participating in the pilot program.
(d) If the department conducts a pilot program authorized in
subdivision (b), the department shall, no later than July 1, 2018,
submit a report of the results of the pilot program to the
Legislature, in compliance with Section 9795 of the Government Code,
to include, but not be limited to, the following:
(1) An evaluation of the cost effectiveness of the alternatives
used in the pilot program when compared to the department's current
use of stickers, tabs, license plates, and registration cards.
(2) A review of all products evaluated in the pilot program and of
the features of those products. The report shall note if the devices
evaluated in the pilot program are available with the ability to
transmit and retain information relating to the movement, location,
or use of a vehicle, and if a product contains that feature, the
report shall also note if the product includes any security features
to protect against unauthorized access to information.
(3) Recommendations for subsequent actions, if any, that should be
taken with regard to alternatives evaluated in the pilot program.