When you purchase a California Arts Plate you’ll help create a state of innovation and ensure that California continues to be a world leader in creative and innovative industries for generations to come.  Proceeds from the California Arts Plate help the California Arts Council put arts programs in California schools and local communities — a great cause that you can be proud to support.

Drivers in California can purchase standard-number plates through the DMV for $50 with an annual $40 renewal fee. Drivers who choose to enhance the plate with personalized letters and numbers may do so for $98 with an annual $78 renewal fee. Arts Plate sales and renewal fees may be tax deductible for individuals and businesses.


Order via the DMV

California Arts Plates can be ordered online, in person, or via mail through the California DMV.  

From the DMV: If ordering a sequential plate, please have available the registration card for the vehicle receiving the plate. Sequential plates will be mailed to the most current address reported to DMV for the vehicle receiving the plate. If ordering a personalized plate as a gift, please be prepared to provide recipient's name, address, phone number, and DMV field office for plate pick-up.

Order via AAA

Are you AAA member? Save time and visit your local AAA branch to order the California Arts Plate. DMV services are included as part of the AAA membership program. Find your local AAA branch >>


Sequential Plate Initial Cost: $50.00 Annual Renew Fee: $40.00

Sequential Plate
Initial Cost: $50.00
Annual Renew Fee: $40.00

Personalized Plate Initial Cost: $98.00 Annual Renew Fee: $78.00

Personalized Plate
Initial Cost: $98.00
Annual Renew Fee: $78.00