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Toyota Prius License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to replace a license plate light bulb in a third generation 2010 to 2013 Toyota Prius hybrid hatchback with pictures.

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Prius License Plate Light
Liftgate Access Panel
This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the third generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 & 2015) Toyota Prius hybrid hatchback in replacing a burnt out license plate light bulb.

Owners of the previous 2nd generation 2004-2009 Prius and other similar Toyota, Lexus or Scion hatchback or SUV vehicles such as the Yaris,  Matrix, Sienna, Highlander, RAV4, FJ Cruiser, Venza, 4Runner, Sequoia, RX 350, RX 450h, GX 460, LX 570, iQ, xD, and xB may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

A replacement license plate light bulb is part # 2825 from manufacturers such as Sylvania, GE and Eiko.

You could also other miniature wedge base bulbs such as the # 168, 194 or a brighter LED unit.

The only tool needed to replace the license plate light bulbs is a small flathead screwdriver.

Notch Top Left - Pry Out
Remove Plastic Access Panel
The first two steps are to open the rear cargo lift gate and then locate the square plastic access panel on the underside of the lift gate.

Insert the blade of the small flathead screwdriver into the notch at the top edge of the panel and gently pry it out. Set the access panel aside in a safe place.

1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
Pull Out Old 2825 (168) Bulb


Rotate the light grey plastic license plate light bulb socket 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the housing.

Pull the old light bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 2825 bulb.

You may also any other miniature wedge base bulb such as # 168, W5W, 194 or a compatible LED unit.

Tip - If you are installing LED bulbs and they don't work at first, try pulling it out, rotating it 180 degrees and pushing it back into the socket. Some LED bulbs are polarized and will only work when installed in the correct orientation.

Push In New License Bulb
1/4 Turn Clockwise
Insert the socket back into the rear of the reverse light housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.
Re-Insert Access Panel
Test New License Plate Bulb
Insert the bottom edge of the access panel in first and then gently snap the top edge into place.

Test the new license plate light bulbs by turning on the headlights.

For more, check out my other Toyota Prius DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.

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