SnapPlate (2017-2023 Model 3)

4.66 out of 5
(42 customer reviews)

From: $120.00

  • Clean, minimal design blends perfectly with the Tesla front end
  • Installs and completely removes in seconds
  • Height adjustable plate mount with high, center, and low positions
  • Breakaway features reduce risk of grille damage from vehicle accidents and car washes (remove for touch washes!)
  • Fits 2017-2023 Tesla Model 3 only (see our shop for other vehicles)
  • Fits US, Canada, and Mexico license plates only (see Custom SnapPlates for other countries)
  • Made in USA from 3D-printed recycled PETG plastic

Breakaway Plate Mount Joint

Swap the included solid joint for breakaway for extra grille safety

Free standard shipping on USA orders $99+

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SnapPlate removable front license plate mounts install and completely remove in seconds. The clean, minimal design blends perfectly with the Tesla front end when it’s installed and leaves no unsightly hardware behind when it’s removed. The third-generation plate mount is height adjustable with high, center, and low mounting positions to suit your taste. It includes a standard solid joint and two screws to attach to our angled SnapPlate bases or you can add a breakaway joint for extra grille safety.

SnapPlates are designed, printed, and assembled in California by Tesla owners and fans. We strive to reduce our environmental impact by using recycled plastics that are Made in the USA and by using Prusa 3D printers to make strong parts with internal structures that optimize our use of plastics.

The idea for SnapPlate was born when one of our co-founders got a ticket for not having a front license plate the same weekend he bought a new 3D printer. As a self-proclaimed front-license-plate hater, he wanted something that was easy to install when traveling to areas that enforce front license plate use and easy to remove the rest of the time. None of the options available had every feature we wanted, so we made one…and then all our Tesla friends wanted one too.

SnapPlate attaches and removes in seconds and is:

  • Paint-safe
  • Grille-safe
  • Radiator-safe
  • Autopilot-safe

Hanging a license plate off the front of the plastic grille is actually pretty dangerous for the grille and grille replacements are expensive. To make SnapPlate grille-safe, we designed it to break away if it is stressed by car washes, fender benders, vandals, etc. We know things happen, so we sell replacement parts for less than it costs us to make and ship them.

Each SnapPlate comes with:

  • One fully-assembled front license plate mount, ready for your license plate
  • Four black and four silver torx security screws for the plate
  • One black torx security screw to optionally secure it to the car
  • One torx security screwdriver to keep in the car
  • One zippered case to keep all the accessories tidy in your car

SnapPlate is perfect to:

  • Remove your plate for car shows
  • Install to avoid tickets while parked at a meter
  • Remove to clean your car at home or at a car wash
  • Install for toll-by-plate roads and bridges
  • Deter theft with torx security screws on the plate and mount
  • Install a temporary plate to support your favorite team on game day



Once installed, SnapPlate sits away from the paint and is strong enough to resist wind and weather without touching the bumper. Take care during installation to not touch the painted parts of the car.


SnapPlate has four latches that fit perfectly through and behind the grille openings to install, but then rotate to hold. They hold it firmly in place without stressing the plastic grille. It’s also flexible enough to not break the grille if it is accidentally pushed into the bumper.


At less than three inches wide, it barely blocks the grille opening and the area behind it isn’t even open to the radiator so there’s no loss of airflow.


Autopilot uses a radar behind the front bumper that you don’t want to block, so SnapPlate holds the plate in nearly the same position as the factory plate mount. *SnapPlate won’t damage paint, block airflow to the radiator, or damage the grille when installed correctly and used under normal circumstances. In the event of an accident this product is not intended to provide protection to prevent vehicle damage and we are not liable for any damages to any vehicles, people, or any objects caused as a result of the use of this product.


Easy Installation and Removal in Seconds:

To install SnapPlate:

  1. Push the left side of the front to rotate the latches open
  2. Line it up with the center of the grille
  3. Plug it in
  4. Push the bottom of front to rotate the latches closed (internal magnets keep it closed)
  5. Done
  6. Optionally, if you want additional security, use the included screwdriver to install the black security screw into the hole on the right side

To remove SnapPlate:

  1. Loosen the security screw, if you’re using it
  2. Push the left side of the front to open the latches
  3. Unplug
  4. Nothing left behind

Proudly Printed

3D printing enables us to create a very strong product with an internal structure that is 90% air. That makes it strong while using far less plastic than other processes.

Injection molding is great for making millions of simple things, but it’s very expensive for small quantities of complicated things like this. If not for 3D printing, SnapPlate probably wouldn’t exist or it would cost much more.

SnapPlate is made of quality plastic on quality Prusa printers
SnapPlate in progress

One consideration of 3D printing is that the surface finish is different from injection molded parts. Since it makes the parts one layer at a time, it has some distinct features. Here some examples:

Layers – parts are printed one layer at a time

3D Printed Layers near Security Screw Hole
Layers near Security Screw Hole

Steps – the layers are visible as steps on slanted surfaces

3D printed stepped layers of SnapPlate
Stepped Layers

Strings – fine, easily-removable strings are sometimes left behind

3D printed fine strings on SnapPlate
Fine Plastic Strings

Small Holes – where the printer changes layers

3D printer layer change artifacts on SnapPlate
Hole from Layer Transition


What is your return policy?

If you’re not satisfied, you have 30 days to return SnapPlate for a full refund. See our returns and refunds policy for details.

What is the warranty?

We’ll give you 180 days to make sure it can hold up to your local weather. See our returns and refunds policy for details.

Can I use a license plate holder or frame with SnapPlate?

If the frame is 1/4″ (6mm) or less then the included 10mm screws will work fine. If you need longer, we have 16mm and 20mm available.

Are SnapPlates car wash safe?

Most touchless car washes are ok, but touch washes aren’t safe for this or any other aftermarket license plate mount. There’s just too much risk of damaging the plastic grille or bumper on the vehicle to not recommend removing it for all automated car washes. It’s one of the reasons we made SnapPlates quick and easy to remove, but if keeping it on for car washes is important to you, we can really only recommend the factory adhesive or screw mount for your vehicle. We know things happen though, so we offer low-cost replacement parts for everything we make. We’d much rather replace inexpensive SnapPlate parts than see a vehicle damaged.

If SnapPlate is so easy to remove, won’t it be easy to steal?

If someone knows enough to steal it, they should know that they’ll be staring at the front Sentry camera while they’re doing it, but if theft is a concern for you, just screw the included security screw into the hole in the side of SnapPlate to make it much harder to remove.

Do you sell spare parts? For how much?

Right here: SnapPlate Parts

Can I get the files to print my own parts?

Not at this time, but we plan to open source it in the future when making them ourselves is no longer fun.

Will SnapPlate fade in the sun?

PETG plastic is UV stable, but when it is mounted on the car, there is very little direct sun on it anyway.

Will wind push the plate against the bumper? What about speed bumps?

We tested SnapPlate at over 80 mph and over sharp speed bumps at 20 mph with no issues. Check out our deflection testing video:

42 reviews for SnapPlate (2017-2023 Model 3)

  1. 5 out of 5

    Eric Beck (verified owner)

    I’ve had my Snap Plate on my Tesla Model 3 for a couple months now. It was working great until another car hit my front plate, and then it broke. At first I was upset, but then I realized it saved my front bumper, which would have been an expensive fix.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steve (verified owner)

    I’ve had my SnapPlate for about a month now, and its working great! At first I installed the security screw, because I was taking a long road trip, and worried it wouldn’t stay in place. I’m happy to say that several road trips later without the security screw, its rock solid. Odds of someone else knowing how to remove this, or even wanting to, are low enough that I don’t worry too much. It is super simple to remove when washing my car and reinstall too. Just a few seconds and done. It looks great and adds a ton of convenience. Zero regrets!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Private Person Who is Not Into Social Media

    This is a superb product. Securely mounts, but removes without tools! It is just what you need if you want to take good care of the paint on your bumper, or if you ever plan to get a vinyl wrap on your car like me. I am a genuine SnapPlate customer but this review is anonymous because I don’t use social media. I’m writing this because the people at Living Tesla seem like good people and this is a great product.

  4. 5 out of 5

    John Weiss (verified owner)

    I looked at several other designs, and decided this was the best of the bunch. Accommodates license plate frames, frequent on/off cycles, or permanent mounting if desired. A bit of dry lube around the periphery of the mounting knob made it even smoother. The security screw is simple and out of sight. The plastic material initially looks a bit flimsy, but is solid with the plate attached. I suspect the SnapPlate will sacrifice itself on hard impact, saving the bumper and grill vanes…

  5. 5 out of 5

    Lucas (verified owner)

    It works well and is easy to use. I put it on when parking on the street. Highly recommend

  6. 5 out of 5

    Derek (verified owner)

    Bought this to avoid tickets parking on the street. It is built solid and I have had zero issues with it. It holds the plate well and the security screw is a nice addition. I don’t feel like it’s going to break the grill like other plate holders I found online. Definitely recommend this one over all other plate holders.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Darby (verified owner)

    I was looking for a solution after I got a warning (in a very small town) for not having a front plate. SnapPlate fit the bill. It works great and was easy to install. I can’t seem to engage the security screw, but that is a minor issue. Initially I thought the price was high, but in actuality, it’s not. A lot of thought went into the design and production and to have a way of mounting the front plate that is pretty much invisible and doesn’t damage the car is well worth the price. I would definitely recommend this product to anyone who is looking for a solution especially if you are in a state that require a front license plate.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Louis Cassaro (verified owner)

    My SNAPPLATE works just like you said it would and I love that! Nice design and easy to take on and off.

  9. 5 out of 5

    ROLAND ASCARRUNZ (verified owner)

    This is a very well thought out and well engineered piece of magic.
    I hate front license plates, they make the beautiful front facials of Teslas look awful. Especially the Model 3.
    Unfortunately I live on Los Angeles where a front plate is required.
    Most of the time I don’t install it, and take a risk of getting a citation, but I keep the SnapPlate in the trunk in case I’m pulled over and then I make up some story as to why I forgot to reinstall it. It is so easy to put it on that a child with a blindfold could do it in seconds. Truly a wonderful invention.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Edward Milstein

    I have owned my model 3 for over a year and waited until this product was released to finally purchase a front license plate holder. This device is exactly what I wanted – easy to put on and take off – doesn’t touch the car’s paint – reasonably priced and finally, a high quality build.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Scott M

    After looking at many of the available brackets I’m very glad I chose this one. Very creative design, super simple to install and remove. Thank you!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Edgar (verified owner)

    Great product. Easy to snap on and remove. I looked at several options, but this was the best.

  13. 5 out of 5


    Just received it. I love it! It’s fabulously well designed. Attaches/detaches easily. Looks fabulous, especially with a silicon plate frame.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Matt M (verified owner)

    Took less than five minutes to install. High quality item that looks like it will last for a long time, even in our harsh winters. Super easy to remove when washing the car, although it’s secure enough and tough enough that I’ve ended up leaving it on the car 99% of the time.

  15. 5 out of 5

    XL (verified owner)

    I just received it and 5 star for the incredibly fast processing. They clearly worked over the WE. Also I like the lock magnet system. Very clever. The slim look is way nicer than the bulky OEM. And no damage to my clear bra.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Joan M

    I did not receive a screwdriver in my package and the screws are so unusual that no one I knew had any easy way to screw the screws and ended up turning the screws with some kind of plyers! My neighbor has ordered some from Amazon so that he will be prepared next time. Meanwhile, my screws are on, but not on tightly, and I’m certainly not going to ask someone to try to screw the one that goes on the side… The apparatus went on to the car very easily, though and it seems sturdy enough, though it will slide a little if one pushes on it (so I just won’t push on it).

  17. 5 out of 5

    Chrgngo (verified owner)

    I’m definitely loving the SnapPlate for my Model 3! I take a lot of photos of my Model 3 and the photos turn out a lot better without the front plate on. The best part, the SnapPlate only takes a couple seconds to take off and put back on. Also it’s holding up great during the winter months with all the snow and ice. I’d highly recommend!!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Derrick (verified owner)

    I went through a couple of attempts at getting my SnapPlate installed on my Model 3. In the first attempt, I didn’t receive the security screws, but once I notified that guys here, they immediately apologized and sent a new shipment. Unfortunately, that new shipment was inexplicably lost by the Post Office (through no fault of the folks at LivingTesla), but once I notified them that the shipment was never delivered, they immediately sent a third package. I received it a few days later, and in a matter of minutes I had the SnapPlate installed. It looks great. I was initially worried about it not withstanding high speeds as I didn’t want to keep taking it on and off, but so far it’s held up well at speeds up to 90-95 mph.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lelah Larry (verified owner)

    In addition to having a fantastic product that works exactly as advertised, the customer service is awesome. I had made some inquires and they got back to me quickly.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Guy (verified owner)

    Awesome product. Cleans up the beautiful front end. Great fast shipping. Great work guys!

  21. 5 out of 5

    KB (verified owner)

    My item was damaged in transit and customer support quickly responded. That very same day they sent me a new one. The snap plate was very easy to install and looks great.

  22. 5 out of 5


    The mount is very well designed and very simply to attach and detach. I am extremely pleased with it and will be recommending it to family and friends who also have Teslas.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mark (verified owner)

    Extremely happy with the purchase. It is so quick to take off and put on that the detailer who cleaned my car was amazed and wished it was that easy to get around other cars plate mounts. No issues, and really great to see the spare parts just in case you do have an accident since its cheaper to replace the snapplate than the parts in the bumper.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Brian Clayton

    Received the Snapplate today. Very happy with the quality of the product and the versatility it will offer! Highly recommend!

  25. 5 out of 5

    William T Miller (verified owner)

    Wow! Above and beyond in terms of quality. Not only do they supply the product ordered (the snap plate), but they included a very quality zip-up pouch with the torx screwdriver and all the screws in a plastic bag, plus instructions. The snap plate went on easily and securely, done in 5 mins! Well worth it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Jeremy Howard

    Very clever design and is super simple to install and remove. I don’t drive around with my front plate on most of the time (shame on me, I’m breaking the law), but when I’m going to be in a big city where they tend to care more about this, I just “snap” on my Snap Plate and i’m good to go. Great accessory for my Tesla!

  27. 1 out of 5

    Srikanth Madduri (verified owner)

    Piece of Junk. Snapped in half. It lived up to its name, SNAPPLATE. Because of this, I wasted 2 hours time going around the police station to file a lost license plate report, waiting in line at the DMV (2 hours worth $170) to get new license plates ($23). I had this on for just 1 year. Wasted $193 because of crappy quality. I am going to email support and inform them about this. This has a weakness. Anyone can pull the plate and it snaps in half. They claim that it takes a while for a thief to unscrew and figure out how to remove this. But a thief would just grab this resulting in this stupid license plate holder in half. I wish I hadn’t wasted $100 on this piece of junk to begin with. I am going to make a video and post it on YouTube.

    • Matthew Budraitis

      Sorry about the trouble Srikanth. Our breakaway plate mount design is certainly not theft proof. Hopefully you have some sentry footage to help understand what could have happened, but the most likely scenario is that someone backed into it and broke it while parking. Hanging a license plate off the plastic grille by any method is risky for the grille, so we’ve erred on the side of caution in making it break away if it’s really needed. It’s unfortunate and frustrating if something happens, but we’d personally rather deal with the DMV than a broken grille on the car. Hopefully the replacement plate mount code we sent helps the situation.

  28. 5 out of 5

    John Quinn (verified owner)

    What a lovely piece of design and engineering. Works perfectly. Well done!

  29. 2 out of 5

    CLIFF C (verified owner)

    I bought it because I liked the design. I had it for almost a year. This morning, I noticed the front license plate missing when I arrived at work. Either someone took it (no reason why anyone would) or it fell off. There was no damage to my car. I have to go file a police report and find time to go to the DMV.

    • Matthew Budraitis

      Sorry for the trouble Cliff. We had a similar situation with our old Chevy Volt where the license plate just went missing one day, so we understand how frustrating that can be. In other cases where SnapPlates went missing and the customers were using TeslaCam, we’ve found that someone backed into it or vandalized it. Thankfully, we’ve not seen any damage to the cars in any of those cases, so we’re happy to see that our grille-safe design works, but it’s still frustrating.

  30. 1 out of 5

    Steven C (verified owner)

    I liked the concept initially, but like others, there is a reason it is called snapplate. I’ve had the brackets snap right off my car twice. Once in a touch less car wash and second when a bird flew into the front of the car. Luckily I was able to find my license plate. It’s too pricey for how delicate it is.

    • Matthew Budraitis

      Sorry you’ve had trouble Steven. We feel like our safety-first approach with the breakaway plate mount design is the best choice for our personal vehicles, since we’d much rather replace ten SnapPlates than have a damaged grille since it’s a much easier repair, but we understand it’s not for everyone. We have tested several plate mount designs that will break your car before they break and we’re happy to replace yours with one of those if you prefer.

  31. 5 out of 5

    Susan Byers (verified owner)

    Awesome idea! What a great way to mount your plate. Congrats on the idea and the engineering.

  32. 5 out of 5

    Greg Valunas (verified owner)

    Works great. And thanks for the stretchy facemask that came with it! Three months so far with no issues. Thanks!

  33. 5 out of 5

    Bobby W (verified owner)

    This is a fantastic product. I hate having a front plate, but I also hate getting pulled over and getting tickets. This is a great compromise. Very clean and minimal solution.

  34. 4 out of 5

    Paul Derbyshire

    Great product!

    My only suggestion is to include Zinc plated or stainless steel washers as some license plates have large mounting holes. The screws that come with the Snapplate slip right through the holes.

  35. 5 out of 5

    Mark DeCelles

    I was extremely impressed with how light weight it feels. Its strength is impressive. My new Model 3 will be the envy of my neighbor. He has Model 3 also, I am sure he will be ordering one soon.

  36. 5 out of 5

    Robert Husted (verified owner)

    Great product. Would recommend spending the extra $2 for the breakaway piece. I was driving in my neighborhood and a cardboard box from nearby construction blew in front of my car while I was driving and snapped the plate holder right off.

  37. 5 out of 5

    Peter Sassone (verified owner)

    Incredible service! Ordered after midnight one night and part was shipped by 11am same morning! Being in California I got in 2 days. Part did not disappoint. Very clever and simple! Neat that it’s 3D Printed as well. Great Product… Great Service!!

  38. 5 out of 5

    John Tutini (verified owner)

    Needed replacement parts after hitting an Airborne mattress, yep flat on in the air mattress at about 75 mph in the Model X. Great service, fast shipping….GREAT communication. All companies should be this way.

  39. 5 out of 5

    Billy Baquera (verified owner)

    EveryAmp is the real deal and so is their Snapplate!! For all the people who left negative reviews, they are dumb people. Snapplate is easy to install, looks great, and is easily removed. EveryAmps customer service is top notch and they make every effort to help in anyway. A+++++ EveryAmp!! Keep doing what your doing and ignore all the dumb haters out there!!

  40. 5 out of 5

    Lenora Trask

    What a nifty product. A genius design fitting to the minimalist look of the Tesla design. And EZEEE to install. Just like the video shows! Great job!

  41. 5 out of 5

    El T

    What a nifty product. A genius design fitting to the minimalist look of the Tesla design. And EZEEE to install. Just like the video shows! Great job!

  42. 5 out of 5

    Roberto F

    Great product and to be honest its design is the best. I find it very easy to remove whenever is shower time and bat wings look great on it.

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