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California Legacy License Plates would return under Assemblymember Grayson Bill

Assembly Bill 378 would establish a pathway for two California Legacy License Plates to return to production

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Example images of the 1970s blue legacy license plate with yellow lettering, and 1950s yellow legacy license plate with black lettering

(SACRAMENTO, CA) – Today, Assemblymember Timothy Grayson (D-Concord) introduced legislation to bring two of California’s most iconic license plates back to the roads. Under AB 378, motorists will have the opportunity to apply for California’s 1950s and 1970s Legacy License Plates.


“With COVID-19 lockdowns now in our rearview window, Californians are ready to return to the roads and celebrate joyous parts of California’s history” said Assemblymember Grayson. “AB 378 will allow for some of California’s most iconic license plates to return to production for car enthusiasts and everyday drivers alike.”


In 2013, AB 1658 (Gatto) established California’s Legacy License Plate Program, which led to the 1960s black with yellow lettering Legacy Plate to return to production. Since its reintroduction, the 1960s Legacy License Plate has become the best-selling specialty license plate offered by the Department of Motor Vehicles.


AB 378 will build off the success of the 1960s Legacy Plate reintroduction by providing California motorists a one-year window, beginning on January 1, 2024, to submit applications for a 1950s (yellow plate with black lettering) and/or 1970s (blue plates with yellow lettering) Legacy License Plate. Similar to the 2013 legislation, in order for either plate to go back into production, it must receive at least 7,500 applications. 


Fees collected for the California 1950s and 1970s Legacy License Plates would be deposited into the Environmental License Plate fund, which benefits environmental projects in California.


AB 378 is awaiting referral to a policy committee for a hearing. The language of AB 378 can be found here.