Friday, December 30, 2016

New state law will allow '70s license plates

From state Sen. Jim Nielsen:
Car enthusiasts of the 1970’s have one additional reason to cheer for the New Year. Effective January 1, owners of cars from the 1970’s will be able to use their California blue and gold vintage license plates on era-appropriate vehicles.

“We Americans take great pride in our cars,” said Senator Jim Nielsen, who pushed for the passage of the law. “We associate fond memories of our families and our younger years with our cars. This law will hopefully add a bit of happiness to those who own and treasure cars from the 70’s.”

Specifically, this bill allows vehicle owners to dust off existing vintage plates in their garages (or be gifted plates from family or friends, or buy one from an estate sale), and register it with the Department of Motor Vehicles. DMV will not be required to produce blue and gold license plates.

The license plate must be legible and serviceable as determined by DMV. It also must be on a vehicle of the coinciding era.

Supported by the Association of California Car Clubs, Capital City Cruisers Car Club, El Dorado Early Ford V8 Car Club and Specialty Equipment Market Association, voluntary participation in this program requires a $45 application fee and an additional $10 fee for annual renewals.
Of course, you may not be able to get the car to pass smog, but hey, you can keep the ugly blue license plates.

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