How to Deal with Expired Tags

California License Plate Tags

Every vehicle is required to have up-to-date vehicle registration and tags. As a vehicle owner, it's your responsibility to make sure it's properly registered and your current tags are displayed properly.

What should I do when my tags expire?

You should receive a notice by mail or by email when your tags are close to the expiration date. Don't put off renewing your tags! In most cases, you can renew your tags online and get the new ones delivered right to your door. If you need to go into a DMV office to renew your tags, make sure you schedule an appointment so you don't have to wait there all day.

Can you get pulled over for having expired tags?

Yes, law enforcement can stop you for expired tags. This isn't considered a moving violation, but you can still get a ticket and have to pay a fine. You can get ticketed more than once for this, so make sure you replace your tags promptly.

What should you do if your tags are stolen or lost?

Contact your local DMV if you lose your tags or if they're stolen. Most of the time, you can order a replacement online. You'll likely have to pay a fee to get your replacement tags.

How to Find Tag Information in Your State

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