Sample License Plates
The California Department of Motor Vehicles offers a limited selection of sample license plates and month/validation stickers for purchase. The cost for a sample license plate is $12 and month/validation stickers are $1 each, which includes shipping and handling. Payments must be in the form of a check or money order payable to “California Department of Motor Vehicles.”
Schools or students may request a free current sample license plate by including a written request on school letterhead.
Due to limited availability, there is a limit of one license plate and sticker per type. You may order up to a maximum of five different year validation stickers.
To order sample license plates and month/validation stickers:
- Complete a Sample License Plate Order Form (REG 580) (PDF).
- Include the appropriate fee.
- Submit the completed application and payment by mail to the address on the form.