Does a Truck Camper Need a License Plate in California?

Truck campers are a popular choice of recreational vehicle for many people in California, however, there is often confusion as to whether or not they need a license plate. The short answer is yes – truck campers operating on California roads must have a valid license plate.

The California Vehicle Code requires that any motorized vehicle operated on public roads must display valid license plates. This includes recreational vehicles such as truck campers, motorhomes, and trailers. The only exemptions to this rule are off-highway vehicles that are registered with the DMV and do not exceed certain speed limits.

It is important to note that all truck campers operated on California roads must have an additional license plate on the back of the vehicle. This is different from other states where only one plate is required. This additional plate must be obtained from the DMV, and it is important that it matches the vehicle’s registration information.

According to California law, if you are caught driving without a valid license plate on your truck camper you may be subject to fines and other penalties. Additionally, law enforcement can impound your vehicle if they find that you have been driving without a valid license plate.


Yes – truck campers operating on California roads must have a valid license plate in order to legally operate the vehicle on public roads. It is important to obtain an additional license plate from the DMV for your truck camper in order to comply with state laws and avoid any potential fines or penalties from law enforcement.

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Karen Watkins