License Plates

Firefighters are proud of what they do… and they’ve shown it!

License_plate200It’s been over 20 years since the California firefighter license plate made its debut on the highways and byways that intertwine across the Golden State. Only active and retired firefighters may buy these plates to display on their automobiles, trucks, trailers and motorcycles – and since our license plates have hit the street, sales have shot through the roof! Over 33,000 license plates are on the road today!

The California firefighter license plate program was designed and created by the California Professional Firefighters. Using an image from the box office hit, “Backdraft,” the California firefighter license plate has become a novelty within the fire service. The California firefighter license plate program is administered by the California Fire Foundation – CPF’s non-profit, charitable organization. A portion of the proceeds from the sales of these specialized license plates go toward the maintenance and upkeep of the California Firefighters Memorial, located in Sacramento’s historical Capitol Park.

The plates cost $50 for sequential and $103 for personalized. Renewal costs are $35 for a sequential plate and $83 for a personalized plate. Thirty-five dollars from each renewal goes to the California Fire Foundation and is tax deductible. For personalized license plates, you may now search on-line at

CLICK HERE for a license plate application. For more information regarding ordering your very own California Firefighter license plate, call (800) 890-3213 or e-mail

License Plates for Fallen Firefighter Families

Starting on January 1, 2018, surviving family members of fallen firefighters will be eligible to purchase California firefighter license plates.

If you or someone you know will be eligible for a surviving family firefighter license plate and would like more information when the plates are available for purchase, sign up HERE.