The plates, which are issued by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, can be seen across the state, but it is not uncommon for drivers to request that they be printed by a licensed plate dealer.
That’s because the state has an open license plate program.
The state has a limited number of license plates available for each license plate, and many people choose to print them from a vendor.
Some license plates are available for purchase by mail.
A few plates are issued to license holders, such as law enforcement officers.