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Replacement Sticker

When you need a replacement sticker for your vehicle in California, it’s not just about sticking to the rules – it’s about keeping your journey smooth and worry-free. Whether your original sticker was stolen, lost, or damaged, getting a replacement is crucial. This small, yet significant piece of paper on your license plate is more than just a tag; it’s your ticket to driving stress-free on the roads of California.

Why a Replacement Sticker Matters

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This little sticker is a big deal. It shows that your vehicle is registered with the state. Without it, you could be stopped by the police or even fined. It’s the law to have a valid, visible sticker on your license plate.

Getting Your Replacement Sticker

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  • Know the Basics: The sticker shows your car’s registration year and month. It’s important to keep this up-to-date.
  • Gather Your Info: Before you start, have your vehicle’s details handy – like the license plate number and vehicle identification number (VIN).
  • Start the Process: You’ll need to fill out a form for a replacement sticker. This lets the authorities know you need a new one.
  • Pay the Fee: There’s usually a small charge for replacing the sticker.
  • Wait for It: After you’ve applied and paid, your new sticker will be on its way. It might take a little time, but it’s worth the wait.
  • Stick it Right: Once it arrives, put your new sticker on your license plate as soon as you can.

Why It's Important

Driving without this sticker isn’t just a risk; it’s a violation of state rules. You want to avoid any trouble on the road, right? So, replacing your sticker as soon as you realize it’s missing is super important. It’s a violation of vehicle code 5204 CVC

Keep It Legal

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Remember, this sticker is more than just a requirement; it’s your peace of mind on the road. It’s a small, but essential part of your vehicle’s identity. Keeping it current means you’re respecting the law and keeping things smooth for your travels.


For an easy and efficient way to get your replacement sticker, Quick Auto Tags offers a convenient online service. They make the process simple, letting you focus on the road ahead.

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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