However, the 1963 and newer types of California plates have the sticker locations into which current registration stickers can be stuck.
They should only make these plates available for cars from those periods. My Beetle has the original black with yellow plates but I have seen tons of classic cars at shows sporting the newer, boring CA plates. I bet most of the owners would love to have the old-style plates issued to them as brand new plates, since it is a real PITA to find let alone register a set of old plates to your car.
But imo they should not be made available for any cars outside the 1956-1986 range. And yes, they most definitely need to bring back the rising sun plate (also my favorite; I would really love to have one on my Scirocco).
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PA just passed one that allows us to use a plate from the year of manufacture, up to 1975. I am totally stoked by this.
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My dad has been running a set of 1931 plates on his A for several years in CA. He bought them at a swap meet and while I'm not sure the process with the DMV, he was able to run them legally on his A after taking them to the DMV.
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Which kinda brings up the only semi-downside: some people pass down the same personalized plate through several cars, so I see people legitimately rocking the same blue plate they've had for 30 years. For example, I just looked this up: the very first personalized plate, AMIGO, is still in use today; recently it was on a Pathfinder, then a Merc 560, now it's on a Lexus RX300.
My dad painted his '36 Ford "Mazda Miata Blue" (as he refers to it ) and it matches his custom blue license plate
So here's my plan:
Last edited by hushypushy; 09-06-2012 at 01:59 PM.
Originally Posted by Dario Franchitti
The plate on that Prius is a special one that was issued by the State of California to a HAM radio operator. (Such plates were available long before any other type of plate personalization was available.) These are allowed to be moved from car to car by their owners; therefore, the black plate here is genuine and just indicates that the Prius driver is probably elderly and has had a HAM license for a long time.
This is now law... Governor Brown signed the bill. It is no longer AB1658... it is now Section 5004.3 of the Vehicle Code.
DMV should start accepting applications soon.
Section 5004.3 is added to the Vehicle Code, to read:
(a) Subject to subdivision (c), the department shall establish the California Legacy License Plate Program and create and issue a series of specialized license plates known as California Legacy License Plates that replicate the look of California license plates from the state’s past. The design of the plates shall be identical, to the extent the department determines it to be reasonably feasible under current manufacturing processes, to a regular license plate, except as provided in subdivision (b).
(b) The California Legacy License Plates shall consist of one or more of the following designs:
(1) Yellow background with black lettering per the appearance of California license plates issued by the department from 1956 to 1962, inclusive.
(2) Black background with yellow lettering per the appearance of California license plates issued by the department from 1965 to 1968, inclusive.
(3) Blue background with yellow lettering per the appearance of California license plates issued by the department from 1969 to 1986, inclusive.
(c) In addition to the regular fees for an original registration or renewal of registration, the following additional fees shall be paid for the issuance, renewal, or transfer of the specialized license plates:
(1) Fifty dollars ($50) for the original issuance of the plates.
(2) Forty dollars ($40) for a renewal of registration with the plates.
(3) Fifteen dollars ($15) for transfer of the plates to another vehicle.
(4) Thirty-five dollars ($35) for each substitute replacement plate.
(d) The department shall not issue California Legacy License Plates for a vehicle that is exempt from the payment of registration fees pursuant to Section 9101 or 9103.
(e) (1) The department shall not establish the California Legacy License Plate Program until the department has received not less than 7,500 paid applications for plates. The department shall collect and hold applications for the plates. The department shall not issue a specialized license plate until it has received not less than 7,500 paid applications for any one of the particular plates within the time period prescribed in this section.
(2) The department shall have until January 1, 2015, to receive the required number of applications. If, after that date, 7,500 paid applications have not been received for any one of the three plates described in subdivision (b), the department shall immediately refund to all applicants all fees or deposits that have been collected.
(f) (1) Upon a determination by the department that there are sufficient funds for the program, moneys shall be available, upon appropriation by the Legislature, to the department for the necessary administrative costs of establishing the California Legacy License Plate Program.
(2) After deducting its administrative costs under this subdivision, the department shall deposit any additional revenue derived from the issuance, renewal, transfer, and substitution of the specialized license plates into the California Environmental License Plate Fund, for appropriation by the Legislature pursuant to existing law.
1) The Liberty Plates were the plates of issue when you car was originally sold in NYS.
2) When you are turns 20yrs or 25yrs old.
So for my 1993 Corrado, I can apply for Liberty Plates either next year (2013) or in 2018.
I'll double check years.