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    California Legacy License Plate.

  • HECTOR AMEZCUA / Sacramento Bee Staff Photo

    Bustamante campaign manager Richie Ross speaks with the press at the Sheraton Hotel in Sacramento after hearing the early results on the recall and the low numbers for Cruz Bustamante on October 7, 2003.

The Buzz: California license plates back in black from 1960s

Published: Monday, Jun. 9, 2014 - 12:00 am

The state Department of Motor Vehicles is preparing to go retro when it brings back the old black-background license plates for motorists.

The black plates with yellow lettering from the 1960s qualified last week to be sold after enough applications for the old-school plates were submitted to the DMV. Now, owners of sporty Mustangs, classic Camaros or cute Nash Metropolitans won’t have to suffer the indignity of bearing today’s white plates.

For the black plate to be issued, a total of 7,500 applications had to be turned in. As of Friday, 7,549 applications had been approved.

The black plates cost $50 to pre-order. The fee gets a motorist either a personalized plate or a sequentially numbered and lettered plate. The plates won’t be sent out immediately, since the ramp-up and production of the black plates could take a year.

Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, sponsored the bill in 2012 to create the legacy plate program.

Two other plates under consideration for re-minting – the blue plates with yellow lettering from the ’70s and yellow plates with black lettering from the ’50s – have not reached the 7,500 application level.

– Bill Lindelof


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“People can’t even remember who won the Super Bowl.”

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