June 5, 2014
A little retro flair will soon be hitting California roadways, as the Department of Motor Vehicles announced this week it has begun producing historic black license plates...
...Now, they're back on the presses, thanks to a 2012 law by Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Los Angeles) which instructed the DMV to start producing the iconic plates if the department received at least 7,500 applications for the plates.
"California motorists are excited about classic license plates," Gatto said in a statement. "Aside from not salting our roads, California doesn't do much for automobile enthusiasts."
The historic plates program "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 use who appreciate the classic era of automobile design," he said.
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Mike Gatto is the Chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the California State Assembly. He represents Burbank, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, La Crescenta, Montrose, and the Los Angeles neighborhoods of Atwater Village, East Hollywood, Franklin Hills, Hollywood Hills, Los Feliz, and Silver Lake. www.asm.ca.gov/gatto