Teslas may be the forward-thinking electric vehicles of the future, but they are still beholden to all the usual rules of the road — and that includes your typical license and registration requirements. Unfortunately, if you live in a front-license-plate state, you have no choice but to mount that plate on the front of your new car.
But as many features as the Tesla has, it doesn’t exactly come with a full suite of license plate accessories. There is of course the first-party sticker mount, but what if you want to try some other options, that’s where this list comes in. These are some great license plate and frame options for your Model 3, Model Y, and other Tesla models.
Best Tesla front license plate holders for Model 3 and Model Y
Slipstream bracket for Model 3/Model Y
Electrek’s pick. A trusty license plate bracket for your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
ThatGrin LLC makes a license plate bracket called the Slipstream bracket that many, many Tesla owners absolutely love. It offers a secure and sleek way to mount your license plate on the front of your Model 3 or Model Y without adhesives. In the case of this product, there’s also a subtle “3” or “Y” logo — although rest assured that these are mostly covered up after you actually mount the plate.
This mount is all metal and has a very sturdy build, it installs in just a few minutes, and it helps make your car road-legal without potentially ruining the paint job on the front with a sticker.
Note that the Model 3 and Model Y versions of this bracket are different. You need to purchase the correct one for your vehicle — the Model 3 one can be found here, and the Model Y one can be found here.
Runner up license plate bracket for Model Y
SnapPlate bracket for Model 3/Model Y
Runnerup. Another good license plate bracket for your Tesla Model 3 or Model Y.
The SnapPlate is a very similar option to the Slipstream in terms of functionality; it attaches to your grill, installs in just a few minutes, and lets you mount a license plate on the front of your vehicle in a way that offers maximum peace of mind.
This one is a trade off of sturdiness or your concern over that sturdiness. Some prefer the Slipstream because it’s all-metal and will likely resist any bumps on the road. Some prefer the SnapPlate because it’s a lighter build that will certainly never scratch or damage your vehicle.
Like the Slipstream mount, the SnapPlate for Model 3 and Model Y comes in two different versions. Make sure not to waste time on returning the wrong product by purchasing the correct one for your vehicle — the Model 3 one can be found here, and the Model Y one can be found here.
Other options and license plate accessories
Quick Bandit license plate mount for Model 3 and Model Y
A great mount, but pricey!
The Slipstream and the SnapPlate are our picks, but this is another license plate mount for Model 3 and Model Y that is popular in the Tesla community. It’s a 1-lever design that makes installation and removal only seconds long, and it’s designed to be sturdy enough to withstand a touchless car wash. It makes sure that there’s no stress put on your Model 3 grille, and it also ensures distance from the bumper so as to not scratch any paint off over time. It’s available for Model 3 and Model Y.
Silicone license plate cover for Model 3 and Model Y
A quick fix for license plate annoyances.
If you’re just looking to wrap your front or rear license plate in a protective cover to prevent damage to your vehicle, this is a great affordable option. This cover won’t rust, it will prevent your car from getting scratched by the metal of the plate, and it ensures any registration stickers on your plates are always visible. It also comes with some free hardware to mount it to your vehicle.