Firefighters are proud of what they do… and they’ve shown it!
It’s become one of the iconic images on the highways and byways of California: the California Firefighter license plate.
For more than 20 years, the California Firefighter license plate has allowed first responders to show their pride and support our fallen. Only active and retired firefighters and surviving family members of fallen firefighters (see below) may purchase these plates to display on their automobiles, trucks, trailers and motorcycles.
Since the program’s inception, more than 33,000 California Firefighter license plates are on the road today!
The California Firefighter license plate is more than a vanity plate: 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 California firefighter license plate program was designed and created by California Professional Firefighters and is administered by the California Fire Foundation – CPF’s non-profit, charitable organization.
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 www.dmv.ca.gov.
License Plates for Fallen Firefighter Families
Starting on January 1, 2018, surviving family members of deceased firefighters will be eligible to purchase California firefighter license plates. Eligible surviving family members are limited to: current spouse, domestic partner, adopted child, stepchild, or recognized natural child. Former spouses are not eligible. CLICK HERE to purchase your license plate now.
In 2018, the Foundation will be paying the first-year fees associated with the purchase of a sequential California Firefighter License plate ($50) for spouses of active or retired firefighters who died in the line of duty. If you or someone you know is interested in receiving their firefighter license plates as the spouse of a firefighter who died in the line of duty, sign up HERE.