License plates, decals, and placards help identify vehicle owners, show proof of registration, grant driving and parking privileges, and more.
In This Section
Valid license plates are required on passenger vehicles, commercial motor vehicles, motorcycles, permanent trailers, trailer coaches, and park trailers.
Learn more about license plates
Special Interest License Plates
When you order special interest license plates, a portion of your fees are donated to the associated charity or cause, making them a good way to support something you care about.
Explore special interest plates
Special License Plates
Special license plates are issued to recognize service, achievements, licenses, status, historical significance, occupations, and more.
See special license plate categories
Decals & Placards
Certain types of vehicles—including bicycles, off-highway vehicles, and tow dollies—don’t require license plates. In these cases, we issue decals to help identify your vehicle.
About decals & placards
Clean Air Vehicle Decals
We issue Clean Air Vehicle (CAV) decals to vehicles that meet emission standards and other criteria. CAV decals allow single occupancy use of High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV, or carpool) lanes.
About CAV decals
Temporary Operating Permits
We may issue temporary operating permits (TOPs) for vehicles when all registration fees have been paid, but license plates and/or registration stickers haven’t been issued.
About temporary operating permits