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History of California License Plates: Pictures of 1942 to 1955 Metal Year Tabs

From 1942 to 1955, California Issued Metal Year Tabs for their License Plates

As part of our ongoing series on California license plate history, we thought we’d post pictures of the old metal license plate year tabs that were attached to California plates.

Prior to stickers, these small metal tabs were used on the base year plates: 1941, 1945, 1947, and 1951. The only exception was in 1944, when a square windshield sticker was used, to conserve metal during the war.

If you need one (or two) of these tabs for the California Year of Manufacture Program (YOM), we have several for sale on our two webstores:

Click here to see the tabs we have on our Ruby Lane webstore (this link will do a search for the tabs), or

Click here to see our tabs and toppers page on our ClassicLicensePlates.biz webstore

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1943 tab, V for Victory

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1954 California year tab1955 california tab

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