The Department of Motor Vehicles will begin the process of creating the program to issue the ‘Imagine No Hunger’ license plates upon receipt of 7,500 pre-paid applications.

‘Imagine No Hunger’ License Plate
Frequently Asked Questions


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Q: What does the Imagine No Hunger license plate support?
A: The fees collected for the Imagine No Hunger license plates, sponsored by the California Department of Social Services (DSS), will be used to help millions of Californians in need by supporting food banks and hunger relief programs across the state.

Q: If I pre-order an Imagine No Hunger license plate, what happens next?
A: You will be among the first to display an Imagine No Hunger license plate on your vehicle and support an end to hunger in California. Once we reach the minimum 7,500 pre-orders required by statute, all of the applications and funds will be forwarded to Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). It then takes 10-12 months to implement the program and start processing the orders.

If DSS does not collect the required 7,500 pre-orders within one year, an extension for one additional year may be requested. If DSS does not reach the required number of pre-orders within the time allowed, the applicant will receive a full refund of your pre-order payment.

Q: When will I get my plate?
A: It will take 10-12 months from the date the DMV receives the 7,500+ applications and funds to implement the Imagine No Hunger license plate program. Once the program is implemented, DMV will start processing the orders.

For sequential license plate orders, when the order is processed, the license plate will be assigned to the vehicle indicated on the order and mailed out, which may take 7-10 business days.

For personalized license plate orders, the review and production of the personalized plates may take 10-12 weeks and will be distributed to the DMV or Auto Club office indicated on the application. Once received by the designated office, a post card will be sent out notifying you that they are available for pick up.

Q: Who can pre-order these plates?
A: Anyone who has an automobile, truck (commercial), trailer, or motorcycle currently registered in California, may order the Imagine No Hunger license plate.

Q: How much does the Imagine No Hunger license plate cost?

A:

Plate

Fee

Original

Renewal

Sequential

$50

$40

Personalized

$103

$83

Some portion of the Imagine No Hunger license plate purchase price may be considered a charitable contribution that is tax deductible. For questions about your taxes, consult a tax professional.

Q: Will I be able to give the Imagine No Hunger license plate as a gift?
A: Yes. You may give an Imagine No Hunger license plate as a gift. The person receiving the gift must have a vehicle currently registered in California.

Q: Can I personalize the license plate?
A: Yes! If you would like it personalized, the original fee is $103 and $83 to renew annually. You may have a minimum of two and up to six characters on an automobile, truck (commercial), or trailer license plate and a minimum of two and up to five characters on a motorcycle license plate.

Q: Can I get a special character on my Imagine No Hunger license plate, such as a
star, heart, hand, or plus?
A: No, those special characters are only available on the Kids license plate.

Q: Can I use my current personalized license plate configuration?
A: Yes, if your personalized plate has two to six characters, you can exchange it to an Imagine No Hunger license plate. You may not exchange a regular series license plate number, sequential license plate number from another special plate program, or a configuration with special character, such as a star, heart, hand, or plus (i.e. Kids license plate).

Q: I have a motorcycle. Can I still get a license plate?
A: Yes. Motorcycle plates are available and will have the design affixed on the left side of the plate. Sequential plates will have a five character configuration and personalized configurations may be ordered with a minimum of two and maximum of five characters.

Q: I have a disabled plate. Can I still get an Imagine No Hunger license plate?
A: Yes, if you are willing to replace your disabled person license plate with a disabled person parking placard. It is not possible to get a combined Imagine No Hunger/disabled person license plate. However, you can get an Imagine No Hunger license plate and display a disabled person parking placard in the vehicle to receive the parking privileges.

Q: I lease a car. Can I still get an Imagine No Hunger license plate?
A: Yes.

Q: How much of the plate fee is tax deductible?
A: We recommend you discuss this with your tax professional.

Q: Will I receive one or two license plate?
A: You will receive two plates for auto or truck (commercial) and one plate for motorcycle or trailer.

Q: Will I receive registration stickers with my new license plate(s)?
A: Yes.

Q: Can I pick up the Imagine No Hunger license plate without assigning to a vehicle?
A: No, the license plates must be assigned to a currently registered vehicle.

Q: What to do if I move or change my vehicle before I receive my plate?
A: Please contact us immediately by email (ImagineNoHungerCA@gmail.com) and reference your full name and email address so we can update your new information.