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DMV offers retro licenses plates

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SAN DIEGO – California drivers can pre-order vintage license plates that mirror ones issued from the 1950s through the 1970s, the Department of Motor Vehicles said.

ca-platesThe state needs 7,500 orders by Jan. 1, 2015, to print the “legacy license plates,” which have either blue, black or yellow backgrounds. Drivers must fill out a form, which is available on the DMV website, and pay $50. If the state does not meet the order threshold, it will refund the application fees.

Car owners can order personalize the plates.

The start-up cost for the program, should it move forward, will be $385,000, which will be covered by application fees, according to a legislative analysis.

The program is intended, in part, to give classic car collectors a way to get plates that match the era of their vehicles, the analysis said.

—– Los Angeles Times reporter Ashley Powers contributed to this report