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California Legacy License Plates will be pressed

Posted: June 6, 2014 9:41 a.m.
Updated: June 6, 2014 9:41 a.m.

1950s-era black on yellow, 1960s-era yellow on black, and 1970s-era yellow on blue license plates are available for ordering.


Sacramento, CA – In 2012, when Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) introduced AB 1658 and created the California Legacy License Plate Program, he wanted to do something nice for those who preserve California’s classic-car heritage.

Such enthusiasts often view Sacramento as the source of pesky regulations. But even peskier is the fact that after completing a full restoration of that classic Mustang, a car owner had to affix a seven-digit, bright-white, out-of-period license plate on it. That changed this week.

Monday, the DMV announced that California's historic black plates with yellow lettering are headed to the presses, and will soon return to California’s roadways. Gatto’s AB 1658 of 2012, the California Legacy License Plate Program, had instructed the DMV to reissue iconic plates from California’s past. According to the DMV, the black plates, which were originally issued from 1963-1969, were among the fastest specialty plates ever to achieve the 7,500 applications necessary to be issued. The Department has therefore begun preparing for the issuance of the plates and expects to begin sending them in the months ahead to those who pre-ordered.

“California motorists are excited about classic license plates,” said Gatto. “Aside from not salting our roads, California doesn't often do much for automobile enthusiasts. This is an easy way for the state to enable everyone from the backyard restorer, to the nostalgic, to the purchaser of a retro-styled automobile to add that extra bit of detail for those of us who appreciate the classic era of automobile design.”

In addition to the black plates with yellow lettering, the Legacy License Plate Program also offers yellow plates with black lettering and blue plates with yellow lettering. The application for all three classic plates can be found here:

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LosRubios: Posted: June 6, 2014 1:28 p.m.

Cool, I applied for a Yellow plate for our 57 Ford and was wondering how the applications were coming along.

dbaug30: Posted: June 6, 2014 2:07 p.m.

The DMV will be selling legacy license plates (black, yellow, blue) but yet Sen. Mark DeSaulnier (our state senator) continues to block our breast cancer awareness plate because it's pink!?! Huh? Our plate will raise awareness and funds for The Every Woman Counts state program. The legacy plates will, hmmm, look retro????
And just to be clear - The legacy plates went up before the Senate Transportation Committee (which DeSaulnier heads) just like CA Pink Plate did but with very different outcomes. Ours was sent to Senate Rules (where it sits) - Legacy was approved. Not only did the Senator allow the Legacy plate to be heard before his committee - he approved it!
As CA voters and constituents of Sen. Mark DeSaulnier we are appalled. I guess four breast cancer survivors trying to make a positive impact don't matter to him. How much you want to bet he owns a classic car???????

DMeyer: Posted: June 7, 2014 9:24 p.m.

Sorry to hear that dbaug30. Hopefully they come to their senses and get the breast cancer awareness plates approved. I had not heard of that program but I will be a supporter of it.

I guess the media doesn't want anyone to know about the war on women being waged by our staunchly Democrat state.

chefgirl358: Posted: June 7, 2014 9:48 p.m.

Dbaug, I have a problem with that idea, and I AM a breast cancer survivor. First of all, I think everyone on the planet is pretty much "aware", wth is "raising awareness" for BRCA, everyone knows what it is and that 1 in 8 women get it, although it's really more like 1 in 5 according to some doctors. I'm sick of companies trying to jump on the bandwagon and cash in on the pink ribbon by exploiting cancer patients/victims/survivors. Check out and watch the Pink Ribbons Inc. documentary and I assure you, you may view all of these things differently.

Second, don't you all remember that the state screwed EVERYONE over who bought a 9/11 license plate by not putting ANY of the funds to the victims as promised but instead spending it all on a bunch of CA bureaucratic bs!

stray: Posted: June 7, 2014 7:16 a.m.

@chef - "The state screwed EVERYONE over who bought a 9/11 license plate by not putting ANY of the funds to the victims as promised"

That's one of several reasons why we threw Gray Davis out!

KimChiPark: Posted: June 7, 2014 7:39 a.m.

So the black and yellow breast cancer plates will say:ABC123 --edited.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: June 7, 2014 11:15 a.m.

Here comes the "bye-bye" to KimChiPark from the Signal. In 3.... 2...... 1..... wait for it......

KimChiPark: Posted: June 7, 2014 6:32 p.m.

Egbert you a deuce bag.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: June 8, 2014 7:21 a.m.

Would that be a Louis Vitton DEUCE bag?

heathermc5: Posted: June 24, 2014 1:22 p.m.

chefgirl358- Have you even visited our website? If you had than you would know that we are not a company or organization trying to cash in on anything! We are just 4 women trying to pay it forward and help educate those women that aren't familiar with the breast cancer facts. If we reached the attention of just one women or young girl that wasn't aware, then we have accomplished our goal. As a stage IV survivor, I don't beleive there will ever be enough awareness out there.

dbaug30: Posted: June 24, 2014 1:35 p.m.

Chefgirl358 - We are not a major corporation selling pink. The funny thing is the four of us survivors who started the Pink Plate Campaign are all pretty much anti-big pink corporation. That is how the plate idea came about. We wanted something that directly impacted our state 365 days a year. We are sponsored by a The Dept. of Health and Human Services. Money generated from this plate would go directly to the Every Woman Counts Program - providing screenings to underserved communities. Statistics will show that in CA minorities have the highest growing incidences of breast cancer due, in large part, to a lack of early detection. Every Women Counts funds mobile mammogram clinics assessable to all women - no questions asked. Our goal was (and still is) to do something that had a purpose and didn't make millions for others. Our intent is genuine and from the heart. No ulterior motives.
As far as the 911 plate and mishandled funds that is beyond our control and I do believe since that incident there is very strict oversight by DMV.
With that said - we wish you continued good health. Thanks.

porchrd: Posted: August 16, 2014 7:19 a.m.

Now that the 7500 pre-orders for ca. blk & Yellow legacy license plates has been
far exceeded!!! when will I get my lic, plates that I prepaid for back in Oct. 2013?
Can you find or inquire to get an honest up to date answer for August 2014.? There are now 9,303 pre-paid orders and that has surpassed the initial 7,500 needed to implement this Cal. Legacy License Plate program!!!! That is a lot of money for the state of California.
I also would like to suggest increasing the number of of letters or numbers to eight digits like New York or Ontario, Canada. This would definitely give
California drivers many more choices to choose from for personalized license plates and more income to the state of California!!!

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