Temporary paper license plates will be illegal in California starting Jan. 1

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Temporary paper license plates in California are going to be extinct come the new year. 

Starting Jan. 1, those auto dealer advertisements commonly seen in place of plates on new/used cars will be illegal in the Golden State. 

AB-516, which was signed by Gov. Jerry Brown back in 2016, will require numbered temporary plates when a vehicle leaves a new or used car lot.

Those temporary plates will have information on them that links to a DMV database where the car and buyer of the car can be identified. 

According to the DMV, paper plates are supposed to be used for no more than 90 days, since the car owner will have had to get the permanent plates in the mail by then. 

Officials say this change will make it easier for cops to recognize out-of-compliance cars that aren’t registered. 

It will also focus on red-light camera and toll bridge offenders.

>> Click here to read more on the legislation. 

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