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Clarion CAU001

License plate frame for rear-view camera

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This license plate frame is a perfect fit for a compatible Clarion rear-view camera, ideal for those looking for a discreet mounting solution. Clarion made the frame from rugged die-cast aluminum, and it features angle adjustment and anti-theft hardware. Two built -in LED lamps illuminate your license plate. Warranty: 1 year.

I like this product a lot. The only thing I didn't like is that it covers up the State name on the plate.

Anonymous, Dubuque, IA

What's in the Box:

  • Aluminum license plate frame w/ LEDs (attached 38" power/ground wires)
  • Camera mounting bracket
  • Support mounting bracket
  • 2 Machine screws
  • 2 Machine screws (w/ flat- and lock-washers)
  • 4 Hex-bolts (w/ washer and nut attached)
  • 3 Self-tapping screws
  • Hex-key
  • Owner's/Installation Manual

Clarion CAU001 Reviews

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(39 Reviews)

Clarion CAU001

Anonymous from Dubuque, IA on 8/6/2017

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I like this product a lot. The only thing I didn't like is that it covers up the State name on the plate.



Clarion backup camera frame

Randy from Urbanna, VA on 9/21/2016

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The Clarion CAU001 is the perfect match for the Clarion CC520 backup camera. It makes the installation easy and it looks great. I would recommend this to anyone looking at purchasing an after market backup camera.

Pros: Easy install and perfect fit for the Clarion CC520 backup camera.

Cons: None

License plate frame for rear-view camera

Earl from Watsonville, CA on 8/22/2016

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Worked better than I thought it would!



Good Solution

Robert B. from Riverside, CA on 5/22/2016

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Product is well made with quality materials and construction. Offers a great solution for mounting the Clarion camera when there are no other viable mounting locations. Did not connect the LED lights that are included, as my existing license plate lights are sufficient, so I cannot speak to those.

Pros: Well made with quality materials. Easy to install.

Cons: None at this time.

Clarion CAU001

ron from Cleveland, ms on 4/23/2016

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Great product. Excellent value



Warning it Covers up the State on License Plates

MarcusR from Round Rock, TX on 4/12/2016

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Installed these on front and back. They covered the top of the license plate which includes the state. I do not recommend these unless you are going to cut it up and make brackets.


Cons: Does not work with US license plates. Do not buy

Camera Bracket

Chad from dayton, OH on 3/17/2016

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Overall a good product that fit the camera well. The directions included were a little tough to understand and assumed an older version of the camera so I just had to play around with it to make it work. Otherwise works and looks great.

Pros: Works and looks great

Cons: Directions a little hard to follow

Works just fine

Thrownrod from Shawnee, OK on 2/29/2016

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Works. Solid.

Pros: Easy install, like the security screws

Cons: Didn't need the lights. Wish there would have been an option without that was cheaper.

Part of cam install

PW_Audio from Los Angeles on 2/22/2016

Quality aluminum product. However, it is bulky and th slit on the top opening doesn't look good I can see it. Also, wished the camera could be more flushed with the opening. I am hard to please as my original was custom built around a plate frame and had a much lower profile.

Pros: Solid piece

Cons: Bulky, slit/opening at the top of the frame not appealing.

Clarion CAU001 - Install Instructions did not match product

TAGSFAN from Georgia on 1/12/2016

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Install instructions said to remove the screws on the back of the Clarion camera and to remove the back of the camera (in order to install the mounting hardware. The frame and the camera were supposed to be a matching combination of Clarion products. However, the camera back was sealed which I believe was a good thing because that makes it seem much more water resistant; so I am pretty sure the problem is with outdated instructions that accompanied the license plate frame... there were no screws to remove. I had to fabricate something in order to make it work... once I did; all was fine. What should have been a quick install, took about an hour. Otherwise, this is a very sturdy product which is why I felt generous in giving it at least 3 stars.

Pros: Sturdy frame.

Cons: The instructions that came with product. Not only were the instructions inaccurate, but they read as though they were written by someone who barely speaks English.


Mackrj from Indiana on 12/24/2015

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Works great. Easy to install. My truck pulls trailers most of the time. The camera makes hooking up easy, and the aluminum frame protects the camera if I miss, which I have been known to do, judging by the dents in the license plate.



Clarion CAU001

Rich T from New Jersey on 12/17/2015

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I purchased this product so I wouldn't have to drill any holes in the car. Made the install much easier.

Pros: Looks great,love the bright led lights,nice clean look

Cons: None


cuzbo from North Carolina on 11/13/2015

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excellent, just what the camera needed

Pros: looks great

Cons: none

Works Perfect

KC from Middletown VA on 10/18/2015

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Tech support was great as always on helping me find my truck's reverse sensor wire. Camera works great, very clear and allows me to hook up to the trailer with out getting out of my ride. Priceless!! Frame is large but makes the camera installation easy and professional. Highly recommend!

Pros: Ease of install

Cons: Bulky

Great product

RAM 2500 from Kokomo, IN on 10/3/2015

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I purchased this product to give me a cleaner and better mounting point for the the Clarion backup camera. Love it.

Pros: Easy install, makes for a clean install for a backup camera, high quality, and comes with its own plate lights that are easily hooked up.


Clarion license plate frame for camera

Don from Morristown,Tennessee on 7/12/2015

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This is a good quality backup camera holder, pretty easy to hook up wires for the led light.

Pros: Quality construction, looks good.


Pricy but Effective

MikeB from Georgia on 7/4/2015

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The plate holder is a little pricy, but holds the back up camera well

Pros: Solid

Cons: Pricy


rwasson69 from Washington on 6/14/2015

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Great frame for my clarion camera with extra lighting for my plate

Pros: easy to install, extra plate led lights that double as lighting at night for backup camera


Great looking frame with durable aluminum

rabuckg from Oklahoma on 6/6/2015

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Good looking frame to hold my back-up camera and frames out the license plate nicely, although it does cover up the area of my plate that says Florida on it.

Pros: great looking and durable aluminum.

Cons: May cover some of your license plate on the top side. Covered up mine so you cannot see the top.

Well Built

dk from Hawaii on 6/3/2015

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This is a nice, well made, heavy duty license plate frame. It is bulky though. Sticks out about 1.25'' and the camera comes out another 1/2 inch. It does cover the state name on the license plate.

Pros: Nice black satin finish heavy (sturdy)

Cons: Bulky - sticks out 1.75'' with camera mounted covers license plate

Clarion Camera Mount Plate Cover

Mike from Ft Worth Tx on 5/7/2015

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Large cumbersome and useless for my application. Should have never been sold this item for my Tundra. In Texas this unit is illegal as it covers the state name on the plate.

Pros: None

Cons: Illegal in Texas.

Outstanding Product!

Raymond from Montana on 3/25/2015

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This is really well made from sturdy aluminum. It fit the Clarion universal camera perfectly. Easy to install and included several different brackets for different cameras and configurations.

Pros: Well built, solid, easy to install.

Cons: Covers the state name on my license plate.

It fits the bill.

Roy from Franklinton, NC on 3/16/2015

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This holder for the camera is a must. Great looking plate frame!

Pros: It's protected and the led lights look cool!

Cons: Had to re-drill the standard wholes for the frame to make it fit during installation.

Sturdy Great Look

TR from Raleigh, NC on 3/6/2015

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Originally, I had a few initial concerns that this bracket would be too bulky or not provide the best angle for mounting my camera on my Tacoma, but I was blown away once installed. The quality of the bracket and overall aesthetics are amazing. It actually looks great and not just a bolt-on after-thought. The led lights are functional and look great! If you buy the clarion backup camera this bracket is a must have! A little pricey but its well worth the extra $$.

Pros: Quality, sturdy, great option for a Tacoma

Cons: A little pricey, led wiring could be a tad longer.

Camera frame

Martin from Georgia on 2/13/2015

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Frame held camera well in place providing extra support.

Pros: Easy to install.

Cons: Covers the tags state name. May be a reason for law enforcement to stop you.

a must

Anonymous from Covina, California on 2/1/2015

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This is a must get. The clarion camera fits perfect and looks great. The led lights are pretty bright giving you better vision at night. Great buy.



Great Frame

D from Columbia, SC on 1/24/2015

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Frame is great, holds camera well and the lights from the frame look really cool.


Cons: None

Clarion CAU001

Big mike from Cornwall NY on 1/15/2015

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Not impressed, over priced for the quality

Pros: None!

Cons: Over priced!

Very solid

Corey from Idaho on 1/1/2015

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Extremely strong solid aluminum build with theft proof fasteners makes it so you will not have to modify your vehicle in anyway to add the clarion backup camera

Pros: Easy to install Very solid Low profile Right price

Cons: None

Great mount

Chris B from Oklahoma on 12/23/2014

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Great mount. Bright LEDs

Pros: Holds camera perfectly

Cons: None


David Merrill from North Carolina on 11/24/2014

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I thought it a little much $ for a license plate frame. I was wrong. The frame was well made aluminum. Came with many bracket to incorporate with the camera (501). Theft proof screws and allen driver. Very well made and puts the camera right where I need it . I can see trailer ball as I back up to it and traffic when in navigation mode. This is on a ford F250 King Ranch. Worth 2x as much as they charge. Buy it!

Pros: Instructions, Hardware included, Quality

Cons: Absolutely none

Nice accessory for camera mount

Trustno1 from Salem, OR on 11/2/2014

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Sturdy & secure mount for Backup camera. This liscence plate frame looks good and provides security for your camera. I purchased this with the Clarion CC510 camera, & they work perfectly together. The frame includes "theft deterrent" screws & LED lamps to illuminate your liscence plate.

Pros: Solid build quality, & appearance.

Cons: None

Great camera

Weird1 from Texas on 10/25/2014

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Does a great job

Pros: Size, and cost.


Camera carrier

Justme from Albuquerque, NM on 8/23/2014

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I needed something and this did the job. Would be nice if offered with out the light. Price could be half of what it is.

Pros: Did the job

Cons: light was not needed

Good, sturdy frame

Jukski from Chicago on 8/21/2014

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Solidly built frame, easy to assemble and install

Pros: Puts the camera in a good viewing position.

Cons: Camera sticks out a little too far from the frame and might be banged into while loading or unloading cargo

Large upper face

C2 from Alabama on 8/14/2014

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Before you buy this unit make sure you have a gap between the top of your plate and your door handle. The top is fairly large and tends to get in the way if you have above license plate handle.

Pros: Finish is a nice mat black. The extra build in LED's are a nice touch if you need them. The unit has a clean look and works very nicely.

Cons: Again check the space between the license plate and rear door handle it can cause a problem.

Quality frame

Chad B. from Edison, OH on 8/6/2014

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Nice aluminum frame works great with Clarion camera

Pros: Easy to install. LED lights

Cons: None

Not all there

Mike from Bremerton on 6/3/2014

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Had to order another

Pros: Well made

Cons: other than not having the bracket to mount the camera none

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Roger D from Eugene, OR on 4/24/2014

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I purchased this alongside the Clarion CC510. The frame itself is well built and the LED's are nice and bright. It makes backing up at night super easy. My only complaint is the wiring for the led's. The wires themselves are super thing, I couldn't use a my wire strippers on 'positive' wire. I had to end up ripping it with my teeth (not good I know) and the ground wire is bare. It would have been nice with a thicker gauge wire and having two separate insulated wires. Alas, for the money and the feature I'd recommend this. Only giving 3 stars for the wiring issues.

Pros: Brightness Aesthetics

Cons: Wiring is too thin.


Hands-on research

Product Research


License Plate Camera Mounting Kit: The Clarion CAU001 is a license plate camera mounting kit which allows you to mount Clarion's CC510 or CC520 rear-view camera (sold separately) above your vehicle's license plate. The camera/light housing may cover the hatch touch sensor on some vehicles.

Note: Rearview Camera not included with this kit.

Rugged Construction: This durable license plate mounting kit features rugged die cast aluminum construction that will last.

Adjustable Vertical Angle: Once your rear-camera is installed in the CAU001 license plate bracket, you are able to adjust its vertical angle (up or down).

Built-in LEDs: Built-in LEDs' illuminate your vehicle's license plate for added safety, if the license plate frame blocks your automobile's license plate light (connect the light wires of the license plate frame to the connectors for the automobile's license plate light).

Anti-Theft Hardware: Anti-theft hardware is included to prevent theft of your rear-view camera.

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Why did you buy this?

My son wants a backup camera for his truck; he has already purchased a few items (stereo) from your company and was very pleased. [ Molly R.  Nov 15, 2017 ]
Garrett recommended it. thanks for all your help Garrett!! [ Joe  Sep 13, 2017 ]
The reviews were really high for the camera, so I decided to give it a try. [ JOSHUA  Apr 30, 2017 ]
I chose it because it has the guidelines.. [ Gregory  Feb 28, 2017 ]
Convenient mounting of rear view camera. [ WERNER K  Feb 21, 2017 ]
Because I like the design and the fact it goes with Clarion backup camera. [ R  Sep 08, 2016 ]
because I don't anyone jacking my camera. [ D  Aug 10, 2016 ]
fits the backup camra I have. It will make the camera easier to install. [ Kevin  Apr 26, 2016 ]
I purchased the backup camera that Chad advised me on and after looking at this I wish he would have advised me on this. Chad's Bio: [ Marc  Apr 11, 2016 ]
Good product great fit and finish [ Philip  Mar 15, 2016 ]
Should fit with the camera i bought [ Chad  Mar 02, 2016 ]
Discussion with Allen the sales agent. Allen's Bio: [ Thomas  Feb 27, 2016 ]
Online reviews showed this to be a good match for the back-up camera that I've selected. [ Walter  Feb 26, 2016 ]
Easy of installation of compatible backup camera. [ Paul  Jan 02, 2016 ]
to make installation easier, positive reviews, additional light for the camera. [ Daniel  Dec 29, 2015 ]
Recommended by Crutchfield Advisor. Works great. The only thing is the mounting part for the camera sticks out over an inch. I have a truck so it sits in the bumper fine. [ DAVID  Dec 23, 2015 ]