DMV offers retro licenses plates
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.
The 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