How to Replace a License Plate Bulb

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The license plate lamps are designed to illuminate the plate and registration tags on your vehicle and make it easily visible to law enforcement. In many states, a burnt out license plate bulb can get you a ticket. It is essential that you replace a burnt out license plate bulb as soon as possible in order to avoid getting a ticket.

A license plate light utilizes a filament housed inside an inert-gas filled glass bulb. When electricity is applied to the filament, it gets very hot and produces visible light.

Bulbs don’t last forever and can fail for a number of reasons, the most common being filament failure from normal use. Other reasons for failure include sealing failure,when the bulbs atmospheric seals is broken and oxygen enters the bulb and breakage of the glass bulb.

If you find yourself in need a new license plate bulb, use the following steps to learn how to replace it.

Part 1 of 2: Remove the bulb

Materials Needed

Step 1: Locate the license plate light. The license plate light is located right above the plate.

Step 2: Determine which bulb has failed. Park your vehicle and set the emergency brake. Turn the ignition to the Accessory position and turn on the driving lights. Walk around the vehicle to determine which license plate bulb has failed.

removing license plate light cover screws

Step 3: Remove the license plate light cover. Remove the license plate light cover retaining screws using a screwdriver.

removing the license plate light lense

Remove the license plate light cover.

  • Note: You may need to use a small screwdriver to pry the cover off.

removing the bulb from its container

Step 4: Remove the bulb. Remove the bulb from its retainer.

Part 2 of 2: Install the bulb

Materials Needed

  • Protective gloves
  • Replacement license plate light bulb
  • Safety glasses
  • Screwdriver

person installing the bulb

Step 1: Install the new bulb. Install the new bulb in its retainer and ensure it is in place.

  • Tip: Refer to your car’s user manual to determine the correct type of light bulb to get for your specific vehicle.

installing license plate cover

Step 2: Complete the installation. Put back the license plate light cover and hold it in place.

installing license plate light lense screws

Install the license plate light cover retaining screws and tighten them using a screwdriver.

Step 3: Check the lights. Turn on your car to check if your license plate lights are fully functional.

Replacing your license plate bulb only requires a little time and know how. However, if you prefer to leave this task to a professional and not get your hands dirty, get a certified mechanic, such as one from YourMechanic, to replace the license plate bulb.


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Brad

27 years of experience
14 reviews
Brad
27 years of experience
Mazda 3 - License Plate Light - Cape Coral, Florida
Brad did a great job on my car and communicated with me very well on getting the correct parts. I would love to use his services again in the future!
Ford F-150 - License Plate Light - Fort Myers, Florida
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Damian

10 years of experience
430 reviews
Damian
10 years of experience
Chevrolet Corvette - License Plate Light - Melbourne, Florida
Damian was early, arrived prepared and did the job quickly and well. He is very knowledgeable and a really nice guy. I would definitely want him to come out again if I needed anything else done, and I would recommend him to anybody needing automotive service done at their home in Melbourne.

Travis

12 years of experience
355 reviews
Travis
12 years of experience
Hyundai Santa Fe - License Plate Light - Minneapolis, Minnesota
Travis was GREAT! Really appreciated the ingenuity he displayed in solving the problem! Thank you again Travis!

Nicholas

10 years of experience
301 reviews
Nicholas
10 years of experience
Toyota RAV4 - License Plate Light - Apex, North Carolina
Nicholas did a great job with a tough repair, he communicated extensively with me before arriving and he was on time and easy to work with

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