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How to transfer custom plates in California


Aug 30, 2021
Los Angeles
I have a custom plate on my current car and want to transfer that over to my new Model Y that I’m taking delivery of in a few days.

The CA DMV site linked me to an application to fill out but one of the boxes asks me for the license plate number of the car I want to transfer it to. Since it’s new it doesn’t have a license plate yet.

I will be selling my current car in a few days, do I just take the plate off and hold onto it?

Can I sell a car without a license plate?

If anyone has gone through this before I would really appreciate some insight.

Thanks in advance.


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Jul 21, 2012
SF Bay Area
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