California to restart issuing yellow-on-black license plates

California to restart issuing yellow-on-black license plates

The Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) of California would issue new license plates that would be printed in historic black background and yellow lettering, Assemblyman Mike Gatto announced the latest move.

In 2012, Gatto's AB1658 measure created the California Legacy License Plate Program that allowed DMV to reissue classic license plates from the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.

The measure would create the classic plates available if a minimum of 7,500 applications were submitted by January 1, 2015. The yellow-on-black design for number plates were the fastest specialty plates to hit the threshold of 7,500 applications.

It means finely restored classic cars, such as 1967 Porsche 911 or a 1969 Chevy Camaro, will be able to get rid of modern white number plates.

Speaking on the topic, Gatto said, "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."

The yellow-on-black number plates will be shipped to those who will place pre-orders in the coming months. However, it could take 9-12 months for these plates to arrive after ordering.

License plates with black background and yellow lettering were first seen in California between 1963 and 1969.

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