California License Plates
Year of Manufacture (YOM) license plates are any officially manufactured California license plates issued in:
* For updated info on registration
for Cars from 1963-1969 and Commercial vehicles from 1963-1972 please check
California DMV website.
1969 or prior, for autos, trailers, and motorcycles, and
1972 or prior, for commercial vehicles.
In lieu of the license plates otherwise required for the vehicle, YOM plates may be assigned to any currently registered:
1969 or older year model auto, motorcycle, or trailer of a corresponding model year, or
1972 or older commercial vehicle of a corresponding model year.
The department must determine that the YOM plates are legible and serviceable prior to assignment to a vehicle.
Vehicles with YOM plates:
have full operating privileges, and
are not restricted to participation in historical vehicle activities.
Kit cars (SPCNS) of vintage automobiles (for example, a replica of a 1928 vehicle) do not qualify for YOM plates.
YOM plates must be supplied by the vehicle owner and authenticated by DMV personnel.
Base year license plates must have the appropriate year validation sticker attached to the plate to be authenticated as other than the base year.
A 1956 license plate with a 1958 sticker equals a 1958 plate and must be placed on a 1958 year model vehicle.
A 1963 license plate with a 1968 sticker equals a 1968 plate and must be placed on a 1968 year model vehicle).
Blue and yellow plates:
do not have a specific year model designation, but were not introduced until 1970, and
therefore are only valid for 1970-1972 year model commercial vehicles.
Unique plate series, such as exempts, dealers, etc., will be authorized for currently qualified applicants only.
Example: California dealer #103 (if currently licensed) would be allowed to use an authenticated 1956 dealer plate #103 on a 1956 vehicle registered to the dealership. The plates must be:
original (legible and unaltered characters), and
a configuration authorized for the year of the vehicle entered on the application.
Legitimate YOM plate configurations may be determined by verifying the plate(s) against the plate information contained in Appendix 1E.
The YOM plates must be acceptable by the department and may be rejected by the department if the configuration carries any connotations offensive to good taste or have been restricted or removed from regular series license plates.
Two license plates are required for every qualifying vehicle, except trailers or motorcycles require a single plate, and
The vehicle and the license plate must be compatible (for example; a motorcycle plate to a motorcycle).
Weight fees must be collected on all commercial vehicles.
Because the department does not have year model information for all historical vehicles, the YOM applicant may have to prove that the year model of the vehicle described in the application is correct.
Original Plate Application
In addition to the usual registration and/or transfer requirements, the application must include:
A Year of Manufacture (YOM) License Plate Application (REG 352).
Authentication of the plates by DMV which requires taking the plates to a DMV field office.
The department will also verify that the configuration is not duplicated and already in use on another vehicle.
Surrender of the license plates currently assigned to the vehicle.
Original YOM license plate fee.
Displaying YOM sticker
The applicant will be issued a PYR (partial year) sticker showing the month and year of expiration, along with a metal permanent sticker well for displaying the PYR sticker.
The well must be placed behind the license plate, extending above the upper right hand corner, or, if not possible, placed on the right side of the plate.
The original sticker(s) on the license plate must not be removed from the plate, or the validation will be void.
Transfer of Vehicle Displaying YOM Plates
YOM license plates can remain on the vehicle when ownership is transferred if the seller releases interest in the plates to the new buyer on a Statement of Facts (REG 256).
The buyer completes a new Application for Year of Manufacture Plates (REG 352).
Renewal and Reassignment
YOM license plates require an additional fee for renewal and for reassignment of the plates to another vehicle.
The vehicle must be of the same year model as the vehicle from which the plates are being removed.
YOM license plates may be retained when the registration is not renewed if the plate owner pays the annual retention fee.
Retention of old license plates (not YOM plates) on collector vehicles
Under specific circumstances, the department may allow a car collector to retain the old plates that were originally assigned to the vehicle.
The original or photocopy of the California title or registration showing the plate number originally assigned to that vehicle must be submitted with the application.
The plate configuration:
must be available, and
not in a series reserved for issuance as a special interest or other plate series.
Check with your local DMV office.
* For updated info on registration for Cars from 1963-1969 and Commercial vehicles from 1963-1972
please check California DMV website.