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California arts license plates can now be given as gifts

California Arts Council
The California Arts Council has introduced a new voucher program that allows people to give arts license plates as gifts. The specialty plates are significant source of funding for the council.
(California Arts Council)

The California Arts Council is rolling out a new voucher program that will allow people to give arts license plates as gifts. The vouchers, which cost $50, are available starting Tuesday and can be purchased online.

Arts license plates have been a main source of revenue for the California Arts Council, accounting for approximately 60% of its annual budget, or about $3 million, from drivers who choose to pay for the specialty tags. The plates feature a design by artist Wayne Thiebaud depicting palm trees and a sunset. 

The giver can purchase the voucher card online as a physical card or can send the voucher to the recipient via email.  Once the receiver redeems the voucher, the card itself can be used to receive discounts and other perks from California Arts Council partners.

The $50 vouchers are redeemable only for sequential arts license plates, according to the council. Sequential arts plates have an annual renewal fee of $40 that also goes toward supporting the council.


The California Arts Council issues grants to arts education programs and nonprofit arts groups throughout the state. Proceeds from the arts plates help to fund the council’s activities.

The arts plates were created through special legislation in 1994, and are a joint project between the California Arts Council and the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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