Temporary License Plate at Point of Sale Law Takes Effect on New Year’s Day


The following video was released last week by Assemblymember Kevin Mullin on Assembly Bill 516, a bill aimed at addressing vehicles with paper plates.

According to the bill, it required the DMV to develop an operational system, no later than January 1, 2019, that allows a dealer or lessor-retailer to electronically report the sale of a vehicle and provide a temporary license plate.

The bill would, commencing January 1, 2018, authorize the DMV to assess specified administrative fees on parking and toll evasion processing agencies to support the administration of this system. The bill would also, commencing January 1, 2019, increase the document processing charge, as specified, that a dealer may impose on the purchaser or lessee of a vehicle and would authorize the imposition of a specified electronic filing charge for reporting vehicle sales and producing temporary license plates. The bill would authorize the DMV to establish contracts with qualified industry partners to provide these vehicle sale reporting and temporary license plate services.
The bill would, commencing January 1, 2019, prohibit a person from displaying on a vehicle or presenting to a peace officer a temporary license plate that was not issued for that vehicle, as specified, and would make counterfeiting a temporary license plate a felony. The bill would, commencing January 1, 2019, require temporary license plates to be securely fastened to the vehicle for which they are issued, as specified, and would require a person upon receipt of permanent license plates to replace and destroy the temporary license plates. The bill would make additional conforming changes. By creating new crimes and expanding the scope of existing crimes, the bill would impose a state-mandated local program.


For the full description of the bill, click here.


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