CA Department of Motor Vehicles Decals and Placards

Bicycles

blue and whit bicycle license green bicycle license yellow bicycle license

The DMV provides bicycle license plates and stickers to all cities and counties with a bicycle licensing ordinance.

Statutory Authority: Vehicle Code (VC) §§39000-39011


Disabled Persons Parking Placard

permanent disabled person parking plackard temporatry disabled person parking placard

Permanent PlacardTemporary Placard

The permanent placard is subject to renewal on June 30 of every odd-numbered year. Temporary placards are issued for a period of not more than six months. More disabled person parking placard information and an application.

Statutory Authority: VC §§4461, 4463, 21458, 22511.5, 22511.6, 22511.7, 22511.55, 22511.59 and Business and Professions Code (BP) §13412


Motorcycle Transportation Permit

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 stop by a DMV field office. For faster service make an online appointment before you visit the DMV.

Statutory Authority: VC §38088


Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Plate

off-highway vehicle decal off-highway vehicle decal/plate

The Off-Highway Vehicle plate is a self-stick decal affixed directly to the vehicle. Upon renewal, a new plate is issued, displaying a new plate number and expiration year. New plates must be affixed in specific locations. More Off-Highway vehicle information.

Statutory Authority: VC §§38160, 38170, 38225, 38230


Tow Dolly Decal

tow dolly decal

A tow dolly is a vehicle towed by a motor vehicle and designed and used exclusively to transport another vehicle and upon which the front or rear wheels of the towed vehicle are mounted. The other wheels remain in contact with the ground. Tow dollies or auxiliary dollies are not required to be registered. They may opt to convert to permanent trailer identification (PTI) or obtain an SE decal. If the owner converts to PTI, they 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: VC §§617, 5011


Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) Plate

assigned vehicle identification number plate

The VIN is the number by which the vehicle is registered. The numbers are assigned by DMV or CHP (from DMV referral) for motor vehicles when the motor or other identifying number is removed, destroyed, or obliterated. DMV assigns VIN plates to trailers under 6,000 pounds unladen, trailer coaches, special mobile equipment, implements of husbandry, new motorcycles (except specially constructed) and snowmobiles.

Statutory Authority: VC §4166