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DMV Sticker Replacement

Replacing a DMV sticker, an essential element of vehicle registration in California, is crucial to ensure your vehicle stays legally compliant on the road. This comprehensive guide on DMV sticker replacement covers everything from recognizing the need for a replacement to successfully attaching the new sticker to your license plate.

The Importance of a Valid DMV Sticker

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The sticker on your vehicle’s license plate is more than just a requirement; it’s a symbol of your vehicle’s legal status. It indicates that your vehicle is registered with the DMV, complying with state regulations. Driving without a valid sticker or with an outdated one can lead to legal issues, including fines and penalties. This makes timely sticker replacement vital for every vehicle owner.

Recognizing the Need for Replacement

The first step in the replacement process is identifying that your sticker needs to be replaced. Common reasons include the sticker being damaged, fading to the point of illegibility, or it being lost. In some cases, the sticker might be stolen, which also necessitates immediate replacement.

Gathering Required Information

Before you can apply for a new sticker, you need specific information about your vehicle. This includes:

  • The license plate number.
  • The Vehicle Identification Number (VIN).

Choosing the Replacement Route

Directly Through the DMV

You can visit a DMV office or use their online services. This might involve waiting times and navigating through the DMV’s processes.

Through an Authorized Service Provider

Services like Quick Auto Tags offer a more streamlined and quicker process, often with the convenience of handling everything online.

Apply for Your Sticker Today

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Ready for a shortcut to this? Click on the link below and order your new sticker today!

Frequently Asked Questions

What form do I need to complete for a replacement sticker or plate?

The DMV form required to apply for a new sticker, plate or registration card is called the REG 156 form.

Where do I apply for a new sticker, registration card or license plate?

There are 4 ways to get it done:

1 - Directly at a DMV field office
2 - AAA
3 - At a business partner's office
4 - Order online through our website

How much does it cost to get a new sticker, license plate or registration card?

The DMV charges $27.00 (this does not include our service fee)

Do I get an updated registration card, with my new sticker or plate?

When you get a new sticker or a new set of license plates you will also get an updated registration card that reflects the new sticker number or new set of plates.

My license plates were stolen, do I have to file a police report?

Yes - when you have a license plates stolen it is imperative to file a police report. This is not required when you lose your license plate.

Can you get in trouble for having someone else's registration sticker on your car while you're getting your own registration sticker at the DMV office in California?

The short answer is YES. Do NOT do this. You will get in trouble.

What vehicle code is violated?

(CVC) §4000a1 is the section of the California vehicle code that refers to registration of vehicles and certificates of title.

Can I drive my car while waiting for registration in California?

Yes. Although this is a violation and the police officer may still issue a ticket, this is fixable and the ticket is a "fix-it ticket", and will not show up on your record. Generally speaking, if proof can be shown that registration has been paid, you will not be issued a ticket.

How long does it take to get my registration sticker in the mail California?

If you order it from the DMV - it will take weeks. If you go in person to the DMV - you will get it instantly. If you order it online through us you will get it within 2 days. If you go into our office you will get it instantly.

What happens if y ou lose your California DMV renewal notice?

You will still be able to renew your tags, and you can use the registration card to be able to renew your tags. All of the relevant information is on the card.

Can I print my CA vehicle registration online?

Yes, however, it will not print out on DMV paper. It will print out on white paper only. Law enforcement will accept the card printed on white paper.

Do you need a front license plate in California.

Yes. Both front and back license plates must be displayed.

How long do I have after my tags expire in California?

This is a 2 part question:
As far as fees and penalties are concerned - penalties start to generate the day after the registration expires.
As far as law enforcment is concerned: there is a 0 grace period. You can get a ticket, especially if you can't prove you paid.

Do license plate stickers go on the front or back in California?

The decals for your standard automobile and smaller commercial vehicles go on the back.

Does California DMV send out renewal notices?

Yes they do. However, DO NOT rely on this, because although the DMV may have sent it, the USPS may not actually deliver it.

How much does it cost to replace stolen tags in California?


Is sticker proof of registration in California?

Yes. However, it must be accompanied by an actual registration card. The sticker is validation decal that visually tells law enforcement that tags were paid.

Can you get a new month sticker for license plate in California?

Yes & it is free.
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