Coming Soon: Temporary Paper License Plates
Beginning January 1, 2019, vehicles sold by California licensed dealers and lessor-retailers will be required to display temporary paper license plates or a permanent license plates issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles. Assembly Bill 516 mandates this new requirement.
Paper license plates will be valid for 90 days or until the customer receives the permanent plates and registration card, whichever occurs first. The temporary paper license plate will display an expiration date (month/day/year) of 90 days from the date of vehicle sale.
California licensed dealers and lessor-retailers will be required to issue and attach temporary paper license plates to vehicles that do not display plates, and must create a Report of Sale electronically, with the identification portion to be affixed to the vehicle windshield. Vehicles will not be allowed to leave the lot until these two requirements are met.