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Trick Your Ride With A Classic Plate

SACRAMENTO –Classic car owners can now give their ride the look it had back when it was hot off the showroom floor.

Vintage-look plates are being offered by the California Department of Motor Vehicles, and the DMV will be taking pre-orders beginning Jan. 1, 2013.The new Legacy License Plate Program offers vehicle owners the opportunity to purchase replicas of California license plate designs issued in the 1950’s, 1960’s, and 1970’s.

The program will bring a retro look to modern license plates by offering three classic license plate designs. Legacy License plates can be ordered for any year model automobile, commercial vehicle, motorcycle, or trailer.

Classic California Plates 1950sThe styles include black lettering over a yellow background seen in the 1950’s, yellow lettering over a black background seen in the 1960’s, and yellow lettering over a blue background that was originally available in the 1970’s.

The plates cost $50 for non-personalized or personalized plates.

A pre-order form California Legacy License Plate Pre-Order Form (REG 17L) is available at

Classic California Plates 1970sThe completed form and a $50 payment must be mailed to the address provided on the form. Payment can only be made by check, money order, or cashier’s check. Pre-orders cannot be processed at DMV Field offices or Auto Club offices.

Assembly Bill 1658, authorizing the new plates, specifies that 7,500 applications must be reached by Jan. 1, 2015. If 7,500 applications are not received by that date, any fees paid for the California Legacy plates will be refunded to the applicant.

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