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showbizkid
11-14-2006, 02:20 AM
California lets you re-register old license plates IF they are the proper year for your car, AND if you car is model year 1962 or older. I ran across a Web article written by a guy who did this, and offers some tips.

Surprisingly, you can find matched sets of plates on eBay fairly cheap. Thought I'd pass it on.

http://www.ply33.com/Misc/yom


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

Swifster
11-14-2006, 07:41 AM
The key thing is to remember to make sure the plates are 'cleared' with the DMV. Also, buy the best plates you can. My understanding is that the state of California does not allow restored plates. Now, nothing can stop you from having the plates restored after the plates are registered so they don't have to be perfect.

Many states outside of California also allow YOM plates, but not all. And they all have their own rules and regulations. Some are far easier than others (Michigan, Ohio) and some can be a pain (California, New York, Massachusetts).

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Tom - Lakeland, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

Michigan Speed - www.michiganspeed.com
Club Hot Rod - www.clubhotrod.com
LS1 Tech - www.ls1tech.com

Swifster
11-14-2006, 07:41 AM
The key thing is to remember to make sure the plates are 'cleared' with the DMV. Also, buy the best plates you can. My understanding is that the state of California does not allow restored plates. Now, nothing can stop you from having the plates restored after the plates are registered so they don't have to be perfect.

Many states outside of California also allow YOM plates, but not all. And they all have their own rules and regulations. Some are far easier than others (Michigan, Ohio) and some can be a pain (California, New York, Massachusetts).

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Tom - Lakeland, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

Michigan Speed - www.michiganspeed.com
Club Hot Rod - www.clubhotrod.com
LS1 Tech - www.ls1tech.com

Skip Lackie
11-14-2006, 09:09 AM
I wrote both the historic vehicle license plate act and the later year of manufacture plate law for DC. Obviously, DC has a LOT fewer old cars than California, but I did research on many of the existing laws before drafting the DC bills. The issue of "clearing" the number on the plate(s) with the DMV is critical in states like California that still have legal plates in use that could duplicate the number on a YOM plate. California went to the ABC123 format in 1956, and replaced those plates with the yellow-on-black plates with the same format in 1963. Some of those black plates are still legal and in use. So it's possible that a set of 1960 Calif plates with the number STX123 would not be usable as YOM because the black plates with the same number are still on the street. Even a much older Calif plate from the 1930s (1A23456 format) might duplicate a current Calif truck plate number.

Fortuantely, the universal adoption of multi-year (or even permanent) plates in North America has forced most states and provinces to change their old plate numbering systems, usually for the ABC123 or ABC1234 formats or some variation thereof. This has greatly reduced the likelihood that a vintage plate will duplicate the number on a legal plate.

There are lots of plates for sale on ebay, but plates used for YOM registration must be in good shape and legible. And a matched pair is generally required in states that currently have two plates. Some states insist that the plate class (eg, truck) match the vehicle, and others don't care as long as the number doesn't duplicate a legal plate. George Hamlin has a Maryland sample plate (number 000-000) on one of his vehicles.

Skip

Skip Lackie
11-14-2006, 09:09 AM
I wrote both the historic vehicle license plate act and the later year of manufacture plate law for DC. Obviously, DC has a LOT fewer old cars than California, but I did research on many of the existing laws before drafting the DC bills. The issue of "clearing" the number on the plate(s) with the DMV is critical in states like California that still have legal plates in use that could duplicate the number on a YOM plate. California went to the ABC123 format in 1956, and replaced those plates with the yellow-on-black plates with the same format in 1963. Some of those black plates are still legal and in use. So it's possible that a set of 1960 Calif plates with the number STX123 would not be usable as YOM because the black plates with the same number are still on the street. Even a much older Calif plate from the 1930s (1A23456 format) might duplicate a current Calif truck plate number.

Fortuantely, the universal adoption of multi-year (or even permanent) plates in North America has forced most states and provinces to change their old plate numbering systems, usually for the ABC123 or ABC1234 formats or some variation thereof. This has greatly reduced the likelihood that a vintage plate will duplicate the number on a legal plate.

There are lots of plates for sale on ebay, but plates used for YOM registration must be in good shape and legible. And a matched pair is generally required in states that currently have two plates. Some states insist that the plate class (eg, truck) match the vehicle, and others don't care as long as the number doesn't duplicate a legal plate. George Hamlin has a Maryland sample plate (number 000-000) on one of his vehicles.

Skip

Mike Van Veghten
11-14-2006, 09:23 AM
Also depends on the DMV office you go to. Some can be a pain in the rear...some can be pretty nice about it.

Been to both...

Mike

Mike Van Veghten
11-14-2006, 09:23 AM
Also depends on the DMV office you go to. Some can be a pain in the rear...some can be pretty nice about it.

Been to both...

Mike

Roscomacaw
11-14-2006, 10:57 AM
Mike and me both being in California, I'll echo his observation. Some of these clerks will go to great lenghts for you and others will dismiss you at the slightest snag! Helps if you put on the charm when your turn at the counter comes![:X]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Roscomacaw
11-14-2006, 10:57 AM
Mike and me both being in California, I'll echo his observation. Some of these clerks will go to great lenghts for you and others will dismiss you at the slightest snag! Helps if you put on the charm when your turn at the counter comes![:X]

Miscreant adrift in
the BerStuda Triangle!!

1957 Transtar 1/2ton
1960 Larkvertible V8
1958 Provincial wagon
1953 Commander coupe

Swifster
11-14-2006, 11:47 AM
I thought the best law was in Ohio. If I remember correctly, because they use a 'vintage' plate that can be kept in the glove box, they'll let you use whatever state plate you want as long as the year matches. In other words, you could put a set of Iowa plates on that Ohio car as long as they are '63's on your '63.

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Tom - Lakeland, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

Michigan Speed - www.michiganspeed.com
Club Hot Rod - www.clubhotrod.com
LS1 Tech - www.ls1tech.com

Swifster
11-14-2006, 11:47 AM
I thought the best law was in Ohio. If I remember correctly, because they use a 'vintage' plate that can be kept in the glove box, they'll let you use whatever state plate you want as long as the year matches. In other words, you could put a set of Iowa plates on that Ohio car as long as they are '63's on your '63.

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Tom - Lakeland, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

Michigan Speed - www.michiganspeed.com
Club Hot Rod - www.clubhotrod.com
LS1 Tech - www.ls1tech.com

lstude
11-14-2006, 12:21 PM
Virginia is another state that lets you register old plates. They also used to issue a "convertible" plate (CONV) which was for people who used their car for business and personal use. These have become very popular for people with convertibles.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/Daytonalicenseplate001.jpg


Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/
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lstude
11-14-2006, 12:21 PM
Virginia is another state that lets you register old plates. They also used to issue a "convertible" plate (CONV) which was for people who used their car for business and personal use. These have become very popular for people with convertibles.

http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/Daytonalicenseplate001.jpg


Leonard Shepherd, editor, The Commanding Leader, Central Virginia Chapter, http://centralvirginiachapter.org/
http://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/Mein64Daytonasm.jpghttp://i99.photobucket.com/albums/l288/lstude/52inyardsm-1.jpg

studeclunker
11-14-2006, 12:26 PM
And here I am with five sets of good 1963 CA plates...[V]

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/red54wagon-1.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

studeclunker
11-14-2006, 12:26 PM
And here I am with five sets of good 1963 CA plates...[V]

http://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/54wagonblue-2.jpghttp://i16.photobucket.com/albums/b18/Studeclunker/studebaby/red54wagon-1.jpg
Lotsa Larks!
K.I.S.S. Keep It Simple Studebaker!
Ron Smith

Skip Lackie
11-14-2006, 01:14 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

Mike and me both being in California, I'll echo his observation. Some of these clerks will go to great lenghts for you and others will dismiss you at the slightest snag! Helps if you put on the charm when your turn at the counter comes![:X]



I'm always at my most charming (to the degree that that's possible) with traffic cops, the IRS, and DMV clerks.
Skip

Skip Lackie
11-14-2006, 01:14 PM
quote:Originally posted by Mr.Biggs

Mike and me both being in California, I'll echo his observation. Some of these clerks will go to great lenghts for you and others will dismiss you at the slightest snag! Helps if you put on the charm when your turn at the counter comes![:X]



I'm always at my most charming (to the degree that that's possible) with traffic cops, the IRS, and DMV clerks.
Skip

showbizkid
11-14-2006, 01:50 PM
quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

And here I am with five sets of good 1963 CA plates...[V]


Yeah, I know - all that research only to find I missed the cutoff by one year with the Lark! :(


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

showbizkid
11-14-2006, 01:50 PM
quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

And here I am with five sets of good 1963 CA plates...[V]


Yeah, I know - all that research only to find I missed the cutoff by one year with the Lark! :(


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

Guido
11-14-2006, 04:23 PM
If anyone needs Pennsylvania plates I have quite a few, I think mostly from the late '20's to the mid 50's. I had them at York a couple of years ago and only sold 1 set.

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/53/453/1/21/36/2964121360097493054pVJTFL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/57/757/2/88/4/2023288040097493054SEKowB_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/18/19/8/37/21/2050837210097493054IYBJJL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/559/1/43/57/2876143570097493054jKVhDw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/22/22/0/2/68/2589002680097493054ftBuBw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/8/30/30/2075830300097493054aSSlFv_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/459/2/23/86/2067223860097493054YoeGMx_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/5/18/33/2537518330097493054OgEKcN_th.jpg
Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

Guido
11-14-2006, 04:23 PM
If anyone needs Pennsylvania plates I have quite a few, I think mostly from the late '20's to the mid 50's. I had them at York a couple of years ago and only sold 1 set.

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/53/453/1/21/36/2964121360097493054pVJTFL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/57/757/2/88/4/2023288040097493054SEKowB_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/18/19/8/37/21/2050837210097493054IYBJJL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/559/1/43/57/2876143570097493054jKVhDw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/22/22/0/2/68/2589002680097493054ftBuBw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/8/30/30/2075830300097493054aSSlFv_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/459/2/23/86/2067223860097493054YoeGMx_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/5/18/33/2537518330097493054OgEKcN_th.jpg
Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

Swifster
11-14-2006, 06:53 PM
quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

And here I am with five sets of good 1963 CA plates...[V]

Ron Smith


Hey Ron, I'm trying to collect a complete run of 1964 plates. If you have a matched pair starting from H to L (used in '64), I'd be interested in buying them. I'm not concerned if they're clear or not. And I have a NOS set of those CONV plates from Virginia...:D.

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Tom - Lakeland, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

Michigan Speed - www.michiganspeed.com
Club Hot Rod - www.clubhotrod.com
LS1 Tech - www.ls1tech.com

Swifster
11-14-2006, 06:53 PM
quote:Originally posted by studeclunker

And here I am with five sets of good 1963 CA plates...[V]

Ron Smith


Hey Ron, I'm trying to collect a complete run of 1964 plates. If you have a matched pair starting from H to L (used in '64), I'd be interested in buying them. I'm not concerned if they're clear or not. And I have a NOS set of those CONV plates from Virginia...:D.

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Tom - Lakeland, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

Michigan Speed - www.michiganspeed.com
Club Hot Rod - www.clubhotrod.com
LS1 Tech - www.ls1tech.com

StudeDave57
11-14-2006, 07:03 PM
Clark~ I'm confused.
Are you saying that you can not use black/yellow plates on your '63? That would be a YOM plate for it!!! Or is it because the ones originally issued are off it now? [?] [?] [?] [?]
It would explain why cars with them still are advertised as such...


StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
'57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

StudeDave57
11-14-2006, 07:03 PM
Clark~ I'm confused.
Are you saying that you can not use black/yellow plates on your '63? That would be a YOM plate for it!!! Or is it because the ones originally issued are off it now? [?] [?] [?] [?]
It would explain why cars with them still are advertised as such...


StudeDave [8D]
V/P San Diego County SDC
San Diego, Ca

'54 Commander 4dr 'Ruby'
'57 Parkview (it's a 2dr wagon...) 'Betsy'
'57 Commander 2dr 'Baby'
'57 Champion 2dr 'Jewel'
'58 Packard sedan 'Cleo'
'65 Cruiser 'Sweet Pea'

Guido
11-14-2006, 07:22 PM
After Frank Drumheller (Studelark) retired from the education field, he worked for a local car dealer for several years. Over the years this dealer had accumulated boxes of NOS plates that were never issued as well as plates that he took off trade-ins. I think he sold a bunch, but I remember seeing Frank having his pickup loaded with boxes taking a bunch (I think around 10,000) to Florida.

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/53/453/1/21/36/2964121360097493054pVJTFL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/57/757/2/88/4/2023288040097493054SEKowB_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/18/19/8/37/21/2050837210097493054IYBJJL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/559/1/43/57/2876143570097493054jKVhDw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/22/22/0/2/68/2589002680097493054ftBuBw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/8/30/30/2075830300097493054aSSlFv_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/459/2/23/86/2067223860097493054YoeGMx_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/5/18/33/2537518330097493054OgEKcN_th.jpg
Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

Guido
11-14-2006, 07:22 PM
After Frank Drumheller (Studelark) retired from the education field, he worked for a local car dealer for several years. Over the years this dealer had accumulated boxes of NOS plates that were never issued as well as plates that he took off trade-ins. I think he sold a bunch, but I remember seeing Frank having his pickup loaded with boxes taking a bunch (I think around 10,000) to Florida.

http://thumb14.webshots.net/t/53/453/1/21/36/2964121360097493054pVJTFL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/57/757/2/88/4/2023288040097493054SEKowB_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/18/19/8/37/21/2050837210097493054IYBJJL_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/559/1/43/57/2876143570097493054jKVhDw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/22/22/0/2/68/2589002680097493054ftBuBw_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/8/30/30/2075830300097493054aSSlFv_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/59/459/2/23/86/2067223860097493054YoeGMx_th.jpghttp://thumb14.webshots.net/t/28/28/5/18/33/2537518330097493054OgEKcN_th.jpg
Guido Salvage - "Where rust is beautiful"

Studebaker horse drawn buggy; 1946 M-16 fire truck; 1948 M-16 grain truck; 1949 2R16A grain truck; 1949 2R17A fire truck; 1950 2R5 pickup; 1952 2R17A grain truck; 1952 Packard 200 4 door; 1955 E-38 grain truck; 1957 3E-40 flatbed; 1961 6E-28 grain truck; 1962 7E-13D 4x4 rack truck; 1962 7E-7 Champ pickup; 1962 GT Hawk 4 speed; 1963 8E-28 flatbed; 1964 Avanti R2 4 speed; 1964 Cruiser and various other "treasures".

Hiding and preserving Studebakers in Richmond, Goochland & Louisa, Va.

Swifster
11-14-2006, 08:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudeDave57

Clark~ I'm confused.
Are you saying that you can not use black/yellow plates on your '63? That would be a YOM plate for it!!! Or is it because the ones originally issued are off it now? [?] [?] [?] [?]
It would explain why cars with them still are advertised as such...


StudeDave [8D]


Dave, if you have the original plates to the car (and can prove it) and the number hasn't been used, they will allow you to put the black plates back on. If you don't have the original plates (or can't prove it) they won't let you register them because these are still considered 'current' plates and are exempt from the YOM law.

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Tom - Lakeland, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

Michigan Speed - www.michiganspeed.com
Club Hot Rod - www.clubhotrod.com
LS1 Tech - www.ls1tech.com

Swifster
11-14-2006, 08:05 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudeDave57

Clark~ I'm confused.
Are you saying that you can not use black/yellow plates on your '63? That would be a YOM plate for it!!! Or is it because the ones originally issued are off it now? [?] [?] [?] [?]
It would explain why cars with them still are advertised as such...


StudeDave [8D]


Dave, if you have the original plates to the car (and can prove it) and the number hasn't been used, they will allow you to put the black plates back on. If you don't have the original plates (or can't prove it) they won't let you register them because these are still considered 'current' plates and are exempt from the YOM law.

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Tom - Lakeland, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

Michigan Speed - www.michiganspeed.com
Club Hot Rod - www.clubhotrod.com
LS1 Tech - www.ls1tech.com

showbizkid
11-14-2006, 11:45 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudeDave57

Are you saying that you can not use black/yellow plates on your '63? That would be a YOM plate for it!!! Or is it because the ones originally issued are off it now?


That's right. The California statute says that you can only re-register YOM plates for cars of model years 1962 and earlier :( Dunno why the arbitrary cutoff.


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Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

showbizkid
11-14-2006, 11:45 PM
quote:Originally posted by StudeDave57

Are you saying that you can not use black/yellow plates on your '63? That would be a YOM plate for it!!! Or is it because the ones originally issued are off it now?


That's right. The California statute says that you can only re-register YOM plates for cars of model years 1962 and earlier :( Dunno why the arbitrary cutoff.


[img=left]http://members.cox.net/clarknovak/lark.gif[/img=left]

Clark in San Diego
'63 F2/Lark Standard
http://studeblogger.blogspot.com

Orestudeguy
11-15-2006, 12:12 AM
When I went to the DMV office in Norco, Calif to register my newly acquired 63 GT Hawk (in 1998), it was registered with the black plates.
Upon finally finishing all the paperwork and payments the clerk took my plates (i bought the car on a lein sale and had to have the sheriff verify the id and plates) and threw them in her trash can. She informed me that she was going to "issue" me the new reflector plates. I asked for the plates back and informed her that I was under the impression that if the car came with those plates, and were verified, that I could use them. She informed me that I could, and would be able to use them, but the State of Calif and at the time governor Grey Davis had signed into law that the following January all cars that had black plates that were re-registered must be re-plated with the new ones.
I had asked her why and she told me that it was because the new plates were easier to read for law enforcement purposes.
I then asked her how many people who own Studebakers with black Calif plates were known to hold up banks and get away because law enforcement could not read their plates. I got a smile from her, a bunch of laughter from the people in line behind me and walked out the door with my original black plates and registration that matches it!
Now the humor, the plates are on the garage wall as I live in Oregon now..

George
65 Commander 2door
64 Wagonaire 3 now!
63 Champ
63 GT Hawk
51 Champion Starlight Coupe

Orestudeguy
11-15-2006, 12:12 AM
When I went to the DMV office in Norco, Calif to register my newly acquired 63 GT Hawk (in 1998), it was registered with the black plates.
Upon finally finishing all the paperwork and payments the clerk took my plates (i bought the car on a lein sale and had to have the sheriff verify the id and plates) and threw them in her trash can. She informed me that she was going to "issue" me the new reflector plates. I asked for the plates back and informed her that I was under the impression that if the car came with those plates, and were verified, that I could use them. She informed me that I could, and would be able to use them, but the State of Calif and at the time governor Grey Davis had signed into law that the following January all cars that had black plates that were re-registered must be re-plated with the new ones.
I had asked her why and she told me that it was because the new plates were easier to read for law enforcement purposes.
I then asked her how many people who own Studebakers with black Calif plates were known to hold up banks and get away because law enforcement could not read their plates. I got a smile from her, a bunch of laughter from the people in line behind me and walked out the door with my original black plates and registration that matches it!
Now the humor, the plates are on the garage wall as I live in Oregon now..

George
65 Commander 2door
64 Wagonaire 3 now!
63 Champ
63 GT Hawk
51 Champion Starlight Coupe

Swifster
11-15-2006, 06:58 AM
quote:Originally posted by showbizkid

[quote]Originally posted by StudeDave57

That's right. The California statute says that you can only re-register YOM plates for cars of model years 1962 and earlier :( Dunno why the arbitrary cutoff.


Clark in San Diego


The reason is that the plates in California stay with the car. 1963 was the last complete reissue and those plates are still active on cars registered between 1963 and 1969. If California does a complete reissue, those plates, and those issued after that, should be eligible for YOM.

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Tom - Lakeland, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

Michigan Speed - www.michiganspeed.com
Club Hot Rod - www.clubhotrod.com
LS1 Tech - www.ls1tech.com

Swifster
11-15-2006, 06:58 AM
quote:Originally posted by showbizkid

[quote]Originally posted by StudeDave57

That's right. The California statute says that you can only re-register YOM plates for cars of model years 1962 and earlier :( Dunno why the arbitrary cutoff.


Clark in San Diego


The reason is that the plates in California stay with the car. 1963 was the last complete reissue and those plates are still active on cars registered between 1963 and 1969. If California does a complete reissue, those plates, and those issued after that, should be eligible for YOM.

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Tom - Lakeland, FL

1964 Studebaker Daytona

Michigan Speed - www.michiganspeed.com
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Alan
11-15-2006, 01:24 PM
In December of 62 I bought a 53 Stude. It hadn't been regestered for a couple of years and had the origional orange with black letter plates. DMV made me take the car to the CHP for brake and light check. CHP made me take the old plates off and the new plates that were black with yellow letters have a 63 stamped in the upper right corner where the year stamp goes. They told me that the old plates had to be turned in or no new plates would be given. Got 273,000 miles on it.

Alan
11-15-2006, 01:24 PM
In December of 62 I bought a 53 Stude. It hadn't been regestered for a couple of years and had the origional orange with black letter plates. DMV made me take the car to the CHP for brake and light check. CHP made me take the old plates off and the new plates that were black with yellow letters have a 63 stamped in the upper right corner where the year stamp goes. They told me that the old plates had to be turned in or no new plates would be given. Got 273,000 miles on it.