Special License Plates

Amateur Radio Call Letters

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These plates are issued, upon request, to holders of Federal Communication Commission (FCC) amateur radio station licenses. For more information about Amateur Radio plates, an application, and fees, follow this link. The alpha-numeric series reflects the call letters assigned by the FCC. Currently, the call letters are centered on the plate and contain no spaces.

Statutory Authority: Vehicle Code (VC) §5005 and Revenue and Taxation Code (RT) §§10751, 10752


Antique Motorcycle

antique motorcycle license plate

This special plate is issued, upon request, for motorcycles manufactured in 1942 or before. To obtain one of these plates you must complete a Special License Plate Application (REG 17A) and submit it to a DMV field office. For faster service make an online Appointment(s) before you visit the DMV.

Statutory Authority: VC §5004.5


Bicentennial Bill of Rights

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License plates commemorating the bicentennial of the Bill of Rights were issued from July 1, 1990 through December 31, 1991. Replacement plates are no longer available.

Statutory Authority: VC §5101.9


Citizens Band

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citizens band radio license plate

These plates were issued, upon request, to holders of FCC citizens band radio licenses until 1983. DMV continues to issue replacement plates for current holders upon request. The alpha-numeric series reflects the call letters assigned by the FCC. The letter K is followed by a two or three letter, four number configuration.

Statutory Authority: VC §§5020, 5021


Disabled Person/Veteran License Plates

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These license plates are issued, upon request, to disabled persons as defined in VC §295.5, and to disabled veterans as defined in VC §295.7. These plates allow certain parking privileges. DP and DV plates without the International Symbol of Access (wheelchair symbol) became invalid July 1, 1995. More information and an application for Disabled Person/Veteran License Plates.

Statutory Authority: VC §§295.5, 295.7, 5007, 9410, 22511.5


Environmental (Personalized) License Plates

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enviornmental (personalized) license plate

Environmental license plates (ELP) or personalized plates are issued, upon request, for passenger and commercial vehicles, trailers, and motorcycles. For more information or to order personalized plates, follow this link.

Statutory Authority: VC §§5102, 5106, 5108, 9250.1, 9400 and RT §§10751, 10752


Exempt

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Vehicles owned or leased by the U.S. Government, state agencies, cities and counties, or special districts. DMV will no longer issue diamond and octagon designations when current supplies are exhausted, although both will remain valid. Exempt state plates are placed on vehicles owned or leased by the state. The alpha-numeric series on the diamond exempt plate may contain up to six numeric digits.

Statutory Authority: VC §§9101, 9103 and RT §10781


Foreign Organization

foreign organization license plate

These plates are issued, upon request, to automobiles owned by designated employees of foreign organizations recognized by the United States, per the Taiwan Relations Act. To apply for these plates visit your local DMV. These plates are issued sequentially to automobiles only and cannot be transferred between vehicles. For faster service make an online Appointment before you visit the DMV.

Statutory Authority: VC §5006.5


Historical Vehicles

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These special plates are issued, upon request, for motor vehicles manufactured after 1922 which are at least 25 years old and of historic