Certain types of vehicles don’t require license plates. In these cases, we provide decals to identify your vehicle.
DMV provides bicycle license plates and stickers to all cities and counties with a bicycle licensing ordinance. Statutory Authority: California Vehicle Code (CVC) §§39000-39011
Disabled Persons (DP) Parking Placard
A qualified permanently disabled person may obtain a Disabled Person (DP) parking placard to receive parking privileges. A permanent placard is for permanent disabilities and is valid for two years. A temporary placard is for temporary disabilities and is valid for up to six months. Statutory Authority: CVC §§4461, 4463, 21458, 22511.5, 22511.6, 22511.7, 22511.55, 22511.59 and Business and Professions Code (BP) §13412
Learn more about obtaining a DP parking placard
Motorcycle Transportation Permit
A special permit issued upon owner’s written certification that the motorcycle is used solely in organized racing or competitive events. To obtain one of these special permits visit a DMV office. Statutory Authority: CVC §38088
Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Plate
The off-highway vehicle “plate” is a self-stick decal that you affix directly to the vehicle. Upon renewal, a new decal is issued, displaying a new plate number and expiration year. New plates must be affixed in specific locations. Statutory Authority: CVC §§38160, 38170, 38225, 38230
Learn more about off-highway vehicle plates
Tow Dolly Decal
A tow dolly (auxiliary dolly) is a trailer towed by a motor vehicle that’s designed and used exclusively to transport another vehicle. The front or rear wheels of the towed vehicle are mounted on the tow dolly. The other wheels remain in contact with the ground. Tow dollies don’t need to be registered. Tow dollies no longer require decals and may be registered under the Permanent Trailer Identification (PTI) program (optional). If the owner converts to PTI, the tow dolly should display a PTI plate or a regular plate with a PTI sticker. If the owner does not convert to PTI, the existing plate should be removed. Statutory Authority: CVC §§617, 5011
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Some decals and placards can be obtained at a DMV office near you. Make an appointment so you don’t have to wait in line.
Replacement Plates and Stickers
Were your license plates or registration stickers lost, stolen, or damaged?
Disabled Person / Veteran (DP/DV) Plates
DP/DV plates grant parking privileges for eligible individuals. Find out if you qualify.