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California taking orders for replicas of vintage license plates

January 2, 2013 | 11:25 am

California motorists who like the old-school look for their rides can now place orders with the state Department of Motor Vehicles for replicas of vintage license plates issued in the the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s
California motorists who like the old-school look for their rides can now place orders with the state Department of Motor Vehicles for replicas of vintage license plates issued in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s. 

The styles available for use as official license plates on cars include black lettering over a yellow background as issued in the 1950s, yellow lettering over a black background last issued in the 1960s and yellow lettering over a blue background previously available in the 1970s, according to the DMV. 

The state is taking pre-orders for the $50 plates and will issue each of the three styles when it receives 7,500 applications for that style. If the number is not reached by Jan. 1, 2015, any fees paid for the California Legacy plates will be refunded to the applicant. So far, more than 100 orders have been received.

A pre-order form must be accompanied by a check, money order or cashier’s check and cannot be processed at DMV field offices or Auto Club offices.

The program was proposed by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D–Silver Lake) who introduced legislation authorizing it. AB 1658 was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown in September, but just took effect.

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Photo: Californians can now order replicas of vintage license plates like the one shown on this Ford Thunderbird. Credit: Don Kelsen / Los Angeles Times

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