New California law changes license plate process for car dealerships

It’s been a little over a month since California rolled out its new law for car dealers, ensuring all newly purchased cars drive off the lots with temporary license plates.

For car dealerships like Santa Maria Nissan Mazda, switching over to issuing the new state-mandated temporary license plates has been pretty simple.

“The only thing we had to do is get the tags themselves which are made out of a plastic, but it’s been working well. It’s been an easy transition,” said Sales Manager Maurice Lafuente.

The new tags work just like a real license plate, immediately registering the car and its owner with the DMV.

“The tag itself is just something for the State of California to help with toll roads, theft, car registration. It really doesn’t affect anyone buying a brand new car and it is a pretty neat thing,” Lafuente explained.

But for some used car dealerships, adapting to the process has been a lot slower.