Or, you could consider getting a license plate wrap, if the program still exists in California (the article says the program was to be evaluated in January 2023). Also, "the cost for the stick-on plate is $93.89 including tax.". From the article of June 2022:
"Drivers in California are now able to ditch bulky front license plates in favor of a plate-sized vinyl sticker. For those living in areas where front license plates are required, going with a sticker sounds like heaven as it eliminates plastic brackets, holes in the bumper, and it just looks better. That's especially true on many modern cars with big grilles and little room for a 12-inch-wide piece of aluminum.
Right now, California is the only US state with a front-plate requirement that offers this option. You can bet other states are watching, and we know car-crazy enthusiasts are watching because we've heard as much. We also know folks are curious about how the process works, even those not living in California. We were curious as well, so we spent some time learning about these so-called license plate wraps."
California recently approved wraps for front licence plates on vehicles in the state, but there are specific steps to take for getting one.