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California YOM Program: Helpful Information

January 30, 2017 Leave a comment

We get many phone calls from our California customers about the Year of Manufacture Registration Program (YOM). This was one of our earlier posts, and we thought it would be helpful to run it again, as we seem to be getting more questions about the YOM program.

You’ll need a clear pair of vintage California license plates AND an old year sticker (or metal year tab) that match up with the model year of your vehicle.  This includes the popular black California license plates from 1963-1969, and the older plates.

Starting in 2017, the blue and yellow California license plates can be used on 1970-1980 vehicles!

If you have a passenger car or commercial vehicle that is a 1980 model or older, it is eligible for the YOM program.

First the plates: you’ll need a base pair of “clear” California license plates (“clear” meaning that there is no old record on file or that the letter/number configuration is not in use on another year plate, as California sometimes had to re-issue the same numbers/letters on different year plates). You can call the dmv to check on plate numbers.

**Very Important: to go along with the plates, you will also need an old California year sticker (sometimes called a registration decal or tag) or metal year tab that matches up with the model year of your vehicle:

1970-1980 passenger cars and commercial vehicles: you’ll need a clear pair of the old California blue and yellow license plates, and an old year sticker that matches the year of your vehicle. We hear from a lot of folks that the dmv likes to see just the ONE sticker on your plates – the old year sticker that matches your vehicle. 1970-1979 passenger cars need to use blue plates with SIX yellow characters. 1980 automobiles can use either SIX or SEVEN character blue plates. 1970-1974 commercial vehicles must use blue plates with SIX yellow characters; 1975-1980 commercial vehicles  may use SIX or SEVEN character blue plates.

1963-1969 passenger cars: you’ll need a clear pair of the old California black license plates, and an old year sticker for years 1964-1969. We hear from a lot of folks that the dmv likes to see just the ONE sticker on your plates – the old year sticker that matches your vehicle. Since 1963 was the base year, the 63 is already stamped into the upper right sticker well, so no sticker would be needed if you have a 1963 model year vehicle.

1956-1962 vehicles: you’ll need a clear pair of the vintage yellow California license plates, and a sticker for years 1957-1962. Since 1956 was the base year, the 56 is already stamped into the plate, so no sticker would be needed if you have a 1956 model year vehicle.

Click here to see our earlier post about old California license plate stickers.

1947-1955: base plates and metal year tabs were used during these years.

Click here to see our earlier post with pictures of old California license plate tabs.

1945-1946: In order to save metal for the war effort, only one plate was issued per vehicle, and a 46 metal tab was used in 1946.

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Old California License Plates

August 19, 2015 Leave a comment

Old California License Plates: Collect Them!

Vintage California license plates are great for collecting! They don’t take up much room, look great in a garage, and have been increasing in value!

Some folks collect a California series, either by year (having a plate from each year on a display is very impressive) or alphabetical. Some people like to collect plates that were issued the year they were born.

Recently, we’ve been helping collectors who are investing in the old blue pairs of California tags like these (clicking on the images will bring up more vintage California tags):

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Vintage California Horseless Carriage License Plates

January 28, 2015 Leave a comment

Old California Horseless Carriage plates from the 1970’s – great for collectors!

 

Old California license plates Horseless Carriage

Old California license plates: horseless carriage

 

 

 

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

June 7, 2013 Leave a comment
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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1942 california tab

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1943 tab, V for Victory

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California License Plate Stickers, Correct Colors for the YOM Program

May 9, 2013 Leave a comment
Correct colors for the old California dmv registration stickers & decals

Here is another (hopefully) helpful hint if you are applying for the YOM registration program:

On the bottom portion of the YOM application form (shown below), there is a spot for the dmv clerk to fill in the color of your old year sticker. It is important that they write in the correct historical colors. Most of the sticker colors are pretty straightforward, but stickers with a white background can sometimes look a little off-white or yellowish. Indoor lighting often gives off a yellow glow, but if you look at these old stickers in the sunlight, they look much whiter. If the wrong sticker color is written on your YOM registration form, it could prevent your application from being approved.

For years 1957-1969, here are the correct colors – based on old dmv license plate data:

  • 1957: Red and Black
  • 1958: Green and White
  • 1959: WHITE and Black
  • 1960: BLUE-GREY and Silver
  • 1961: Red and Silver
  • 1962: WHITE and Green
Pictures of vintage California license plate stickers and decals, 1957 to 1962:

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  • 1964: WHITE and Black
  • 1965: ORANGE and Black
  • 1966: Yellow and Black
  • 1967: Blue and Black
  • 1968: Pink and Black
  • 1969: WHITE and Black
Pictures of old California license plate stickers & decals, 1964 to 1969:

1964 California yom sticker decal 1965 California sticker 1966 California sticker 1967 California registration sticker 1968 California year of manufacture registration sticker 1969 California YOM Sticker

Here is the bottom of the YOM application form – we’ve highlighted in red, the question about the sticker color:

Bottom portion of California YOM application

If you need an old California license sticker, we have many for sale:

  • Click here to see our California stickers for sale on our webstore on Ruby Lane.  Stickers are arranged in random order by Ruby Lane (we wish there was an option to list them by year). After you get to our Ruby Lane webstore, you may want to use the store search bar to see all of the stickers we have of a specific year (i.e. “1967 sticker”), as we usually try to have at least three of each year.

California Vintage License Plates: Some Were Made of Aluminum

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment
Most of the old California license plates were made of steel (1970’s and earlier), but we’ve seen a number of 1947, 1956, and 1963 trailer plates that were made of aluminum.

Although the modern-day California license plates are made of aluminum, most of the older plates were made of steel.  If you have an older trailer plate, maybe a base plate for 1947, 1956, or 1963, it may be made of aluminum. If you are not sure, you can check with a magnet (if it sticks, it’s steel).

If you are applying for the YOM program, and have an authentic vintage California license plate, made of aluminum, some dmv’s may need to check the old manuals (or data sheets)  to verify that some of the older plates were made of aluminum.

Below is a picture of a 1947 California trailer license plate, made of aluminum (no rust!):
California trailer license plate 1947

California License Plate Tabs: 1955 and 1943

August 5, 2012 Leave a comment
Two 1955 California license plate tabs, and a pair of 1943 victory tabs, just added to our ClassicLicensePlates.com webstore:

 

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1955 california license plate tab

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you are looking for other old California license plate year tabs, we have years 1942 to 1955 available. You can see pictures at our vintage California tabs and toppers page on our ClassicLicensePlates.com webstore, or Click here to see the tabs we have on our Ruby Lane webstore (this link will automatically pull up a search for the tabs)

California Motorcycle License Plate Stickers: Years 1957-1962 Were the Smaller Versions

July 31, 2012 Leave a comment
From 1957-1962, California issued a smaller registration sticker for motorcycle license plates.

Vintage California motorcycle license plates came in a variety of sizes, generally smaller than the standard automobile license plates. So when California started using renewal stickers in 1957, the motorcycle stickers were a little smaller, which fit better on the smaller plates. We have a couple of NOS 1960 and a 1962 registration stickers, these are both 1-1/2″ by 1″ – you can click on the images to go to our webstores:

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Old 1963-1969 California Trailer License Plates, Only One Needed for YOM

July 26, 2012 Leave a comment
We just added some black California trailer license plates:

These may be eligible for the Year of Manufacture (YOM) program – would look great on your vintage travel trailer!

You can find these two with much larger pictures (the DK plate is faded), on our ClassicLicensePlates.com webstore:

California trailer license plate

California trailer license plate

 

 

 

 

 

and these two below (and several others), with larger pictures, are on our webstore with Ruby Lane:

Vintage California trailer license plate

1963 California trailer license plate

California License Plate History: Only One Plate Issued in 1945

July 25, 2012 Leave a comment
In 1945, California only issued one license plate per vehicle, instead of the usual pair.

Here’s a nice historical item: to conserve metal for the war effort, California issued just one license plate per vehicle in 1945. Then, in 1946, a small metal year tab was used.

So, if you have a 1945 or 1946 vehicle, you would only need one plate for the YOM program. We have these two items available on our Ruby Lane webstore.

California license plate 19451946 California tab

Old Collectible California License Plates

July 19, 2012 Leave a comment
California collectible license plates: 1970’s horseless carriage, and two 1980’s public service plates

We just added a few old California license plates, to our website on Ruby Lane. These are great for collectors, but are not eligible for the YOM program.

You can click on the images to see more pictures and complete descriptions (PS 74 is a 7″x4″ motorcycle license plate).

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California Black License Plates: Added to our Webstores

July 13, 2012 Leave a comment
We just added some black California license plates for sale:

Since these are not pairs, they are not eligible for YOM registration. They are for collecting only, and would look great in your garage!

You can find these four (and several more), with much larger pictures, on our ClassicLicensePlates.com webstore:

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and these two (any many more), with larger pictures, are on our webstore with Ruby Lane:

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California License Plate Tab, 1955: Added to Our ClassicLicensePlates.com Webstore

July 12, 2012 Leave a comment
NOS 1955 California Year Tab just added to our ClassicLicensePlates.com webstore:

Vintage California license plate year tab, now available for sale.  This is a hard-to-find new old stock tab, still in very good condition (though we’re not sure who scribbled on the cardboard insert – it wasn’t us!).

To see this, and our other 1942 to 1955 year tabs, with bigger pictures and descriptions, please click on the image below to go directly to our old California tabs and toppers page at our ClassicLicensePlates.com webstore,

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

1955 California license plate tab

Vintage California License Plate Stickers, 1957 and 1959: Added to Our ClassicLicensePlates.com Webstore

July 11, 2012 Leave a comment
Old California dmv registration stickers, 1957, and a NOS 1959,  just added to our ClassicLicensePlates.com webstore:

We just added a mint condition 1957 Year of Manufacture California license plate sticker, and a New Old Stock 1959 sticker. To see these, and our other YOM California stickers, with bigger pictures and descriptions, please click on the images to go directly to our old California stickers page at our ClassicLicensePlates.com webstore.

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Collectible California License Plates, added to our Ruby Lane Webstore

July 8, 2012 Leave a comment
California collectible license plates: 1934, 1938 and 1951.

We just added some old California license plates, to our webstore on Ruby Lane. These are great for collectors, but are not eligible for the YOM program (for these years, you would need matching pairs). You can click on the images to see more pictures and complete descriptions.

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