Q: I want a plate. What do I need to do?
A: You can order your Snoopy license plate directly from DMV! Click HERE.
Q: How much does the plate cost?
A: Sequential Snoopy plates are $50 initially and then $40 per year to renew. If you would like it personalized, the fee is $103 and $83 to renew. This is only about a $20 additional cost to your regular license plate and will be added to your car registration form.
Did we mention a portion is considered a charitable contribution that is tax deductible? 100% of the renewal fee supports the causes described above, is considered a charitable contribution, and is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Q: Can I personalize the license plate?
A: Yes! If you would like it personalized, the fee is $103 and $78 to renew. You can order your Snoopy license plate directly from DMV! Click HERE.
Q: When will I receive my official Snoopy license plate?
A: VERY SOON! The DMV needs approximately 6 months to process special interest license plate orders.
Q: Can I get a special character on my Snoopy license plate, such as a star, heart, or hand?
A: Unfortunately, no. Those are only available on the Kids Plate.
Q: Can I keep my current plate number?
A: Yes, if you have a personalized plate with 6 characters or less. Unfortunately, you may not transfer a previous sequential number to the new plate, or a personalized plate with 7 characters, or one with special Kids Plate characters (such as hearts, hands, or stars).
Q: I have a motorcycle. Can I still get a plate?
A: Yes! The only thing to keep in mind is that motorcycle plates have 5 characters or less. It will also be a generic plate that comes with a decal that can be affixed to the plate. Unfortunately, it won’t have the tagline along the bottom that reads, "Museums are for everyone."
Q: I have a disabled plate. Can I still get a Snoopy plate?
A: Yes, if you are willing to replace your disabled person plate with a placard. It is not possible to get a combined Snoopy/disabled person plate. But you can get a Snoopy plate and utilize a disabled person placard to get the special parking privileges.
Q: I just bought a new car and don't have my new license plate number yet. Can I still complete the Snoopy plate order form?
A: Unfortunately, no. The DMV requires that you have actual plates before you sign up for the Snoopy plate. Ask the new car dealership to expedite the paperwork to help move the process along.
Q: I lease a car. Can I still get a Snoopy plate?
A: Yes! You can now order your Snoopy license plate directly from DMV! Click HERE.
Q: How much of the plate fee is tax deductible?
A: We recommend you discuss this with your tax professional. However, we can share this letter from the Franchise Tax Board that suggests that the difference between a regular California license plate and a special interest license plate could be considered a charitable contribution. [100% of the renewal fee supports the causes described above, is considered a charitable contribution, and is tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.]
Q: Will I receive one plate or two?
A: That depends on the type of vehicle for which you are ordering. If your order is for an auto or truck, you will receive two plates, plus registration stickers for your back plate. If your order is for a trailer or motorcycle, you will only receive one plate, plus your registration stickers.
Q: Will I receive registration stickers with my plate?
Q: So why is Snoopy supporting California museums?
A: Snoopy, being the community-minded beagle he is, understands that museums are for everybody.
Snoopy was chosen as an ambassador for museums because his well-rounded life and interests exemplify the kind of life-long learning that museums make possible. Snoopy’s multiple guises in the PEANUTS comic strip (e.g. WWI Flying Ace, “Joe Cool”, Olympic athlete, scout leader, writer, the first dog to fly solo across the Atlantic) relate to 20th century history and culture, a key subject in many museums. Snoopy is also a real life mascot for aviation and space, with a lunar module in the United States Apollo space program named after him.
Q: And why should I support California museums?
A: Museums are truly special places, anchors of communities where families, friends and neighbors can meet, learn and discover together. We’re lucky in California, because our state has an incredible variety of great museums that serve a truly diverse range of interests and specialties – from art museums and aquariums to history museums, zoos, science centers, and children’s museums.
Q: Where does the money go? How will California museums benefit from these plates?
A: Proceeds generated from the sales of official Snoopy Special license plates go into a designated fund administered by the California Cultural and Historical Endowment to support the Museum Grant Program, which benefits California museums.
Q: Why is Snoopy on a plate that benefits museums?
A: Jean Schulz, the widow of Peanuts cartoonist Charles Schulz, founded a museum in Santa Rosa in honor of her husband called the Charles M. Schulz Museum. Based on this experience, she recognized the need for additional funding for California museums. To help meet this need, Ms. Schulz and Peanuts Worldwide, as the copyright holders, are generously giving royalty-free rights to Snoopy's image to benefit museums. The vast popularity of Snoopy and PEANUTS are helping to sell this plate to California residents, and sending the message that museums are for everyone.
Q: Don’t museums already benefit from the California Arts Council’s arts license plate?
A: Some museums do – but not all. The Snoopy license plate is the only plate that supports all types of museums.
The arts plate primarily supports art museums and art education programs. Many of our state’s art museums will continue to benefit from the arts license plate.
The type of museums that will benefit from the Snoopy license plate will be much broader. In addition to art museums, The Snoopy license plate will support natural history museums, history and ethnic-specific museums, science centers, children’s museums, botanical gardens, zoos, and aquariums.
Q: How can I find information about the Museum Grant Program and the California Cultural and Historical Endowment?
A: The California Cultural and Historical Endowment (CCHE) is a state entity tasked with preserving and protecting California’s cultural resources. These include the tangible aspects of California’s history – the artifacts, collections, archives, historic structures and properties that cultivate understanding of our collective past, and preserve the many treasures that are California’s cultural legacy.
The Museum Grant Program is a competitive grant program administered by the CCHE to support small capital projects in museums, authorized by AB 482 in 2013. Initially funded with Proposition 40 bond funds, it will subsequently be funded with revenues from the new Snoopy license plate. Sign-up here for the Museum Grant Program ListServ.
Q: Who do we have to thank for the Snoopy license plate?
A: There are so many people to thank! The Schulz family and the copyright holders are at the top of the list for donating royalty-free rights for the use of the Snoopy image. This program would not be possible without their support.
The concept started with the California Association of Museums. Their Board and staff worked with Jean Schulz, the State of California, and other stakeholders for over a dozen years. The California Cultural and Historical Endowment, a state entity, is the state sponsor of the Snoopy Plate Program.
We are indebted to these individuals and organizations for supporting this program through the donation of their time and services:
Assemblymember Toni Atkins
The California Museum
California Natural Resources Agency
The Candelaria Fund
Charles M. Schulz Museum
Brent Farris, KZST 100.1
Steven C. Papkin, FisherBroyles LLP
Peanuts Collector Club
PEANUTS Worldwide LLC
Attorney Andrew Stroud
CAM Institutional Members
Q: What is the California Association of Museums and what museums does it serve?
A: CAM, founded in 1979, is a non-profit service organization that serves the interests and needs of California museums. With over 500 members in almost every county across the state, CAM assists California museums in fulfilling their missions as educational and research institutions that interpret and preserve artistic, cultural, and scientific artifacts for public benefit. California’s museums are as diverse as the communities in which they are found and include historical societies, cultural centers, art museums, botanical gardens, science centers, tribal museums, zoos, aquariums, and children’s museums.
Q: I’m in! How do I share the love and help spread the word?
A: You’re our favorite kind of people! We’ve created the Snoopy Plate Toolkit to help! Click here for sharable links (suitable for Facebook and Twitter), approved artwork, sample articles, press releases, images, and our fabulous 15-second PSA.
Q: I’m looking for Press and Publicity Materials.
A: Maybe you’re a member of the media, or work at a museum. We’ve created the Snoopy Plate Press Toolkit to help! Click here for sharable links (suitable for Facebook and Twitter), approved artwork, sample articles, press releases, images, and our fabulous 15-second PSA.
Q: Who can I contact for more information?
A: Click here for our Contact page.
Q: Who is Snoopy?
A: Good Grief!