I went to the DMV today to register my California black base license plates. Here is a list of documents and items to take with you to get the plates assigned to your vehicle. 1) current plates, 2) black plates-pair, 3) current registration, 4) DMV form 352- Year of Manufacture License Plate Application, 5) registration sticker matching year of vehicle that plates will be assigned to. My sticker was not affixed to the plates, but they did ask to see it, I assume to verify that the configuration of letters/numbers match year model. They probably don't know what sequence of letters "matches" what year of vehicle. I told them that I didn't want to apply the year sticker, only to have it covered up by the new registration sticker. When asked how I got the sticker, I told him that I got it with the plates. They did not ask for a month sticker. I don't know if the clerk made an error on the fees. I was charged $12, plate Reassignment fee, for the whole transaction. I thought that the fee of $45 would be charged for Original Assignment. I'll find out soon. If you have a personalized plate that you want to retain, there will be a fee of $20 to retain ownership of them. You can submit one plate if you do not want to retain ownership of the plate, "lost the other one." Good luck.