Do you need a front license plate in California?

I’m moving to California next month and trying to prepare my driving information (insurance, registration, plates, etc.). Do I need a front license plate in California?

Andrea Barrett · Answered on Oct 04, 2022
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
Being prepared is a great idea! Yes—drivers need a front license plate in California. According to Vehicle Code 5200 VC – Display of License Plates:
“(a) When two license plates are issued by the department for use upon a vehicle, they shall be attached to the vehicle for which they were issued, one in the front and the other in the rear.
(b) When only one license plate is issued for use upon a vehicle, it shall be attached to the rear thereof, unless the license plate is issued for use upon a truck tractor, in which case the license plate shall be displayed in accordance with Section 4850.5.”
Failure to obey the license plate rules in California can land you a License Plate Display Failure ticket, which costs around $196.
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