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szvook
01-03-2011, 06:50 PM
I was thinking of adding some color to my license plates and got a lead on a place in Southern California (Plates (http://www.cr8apl8.com/index.html)) that does custom plates that DMV approves. The one I want is an older SoCal style plate that has a black background with gold lettering and I might pursue it if I can get a confirmation that red letters can be used instead of gold. If not, gold might work just the same, although I would prefer red. Hereís an example of a Black and Gold plate on a white Audi R8. What do you guys think?

http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-snc4/hs1231.snc4/156387_1688421566967_1130530431_1850292_6031768_n. jpg
http://sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ak-ash1/hs737.ash1/163045_1688172080730_1130530431_1849610_3150884_n. jpg

2phast
01-03-2011, 09:09 PM
Hmm, I think you need to do more research on California laws regarding license plates.

As for the site you listed. Read a further bit down on the front page.

"DISCLAIMER: NOT for DMV use - except where noted specifically
- for fun and entertainment ONLY!"

I realize they also posted this statement;

MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT!!
The California DMV has finally acknowedged us and is allowing us to make 100% legal replacement license plates! As of March 1st, 2008 we will be able to recreate an old California license plate using the exact font the State of California uses on their plates ... under the following conditions: you must have legal owner rights to the plate you wish to duplicate - or you may duplicate a cleared plate after receiving a clean clearance from the DMV. This applies to our fiberglass reenforced plates as well as our .30 gage metal plates.

Pay attention to the bolded section of that statement. California laws only allow you to use old style plates on 1969 or older vehicles AND you have to pay a fee and have clearance from the DMV to use the plates. I don't find any DMV law that says they are allowing any company to make plates for use on "road licensed cars", but assuming they have, your still out of luck on using any plate other than what the DMV issues you.

The plate on the Audi is old style California black plate, which are still legal to use on a car built within that period the plate was issued (you need to pay a DMV fee). Its not legal for that Audi to use that black plate.

States don't allow you to change colors on the plate. Normally, you have a selection of custom plates you can get from the DMV and ONLY the DMV.

Better read up on California license plate laws

http://dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d03/vc5201.htm

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d03/vc4850.htm

Sounds to me by reading this next law, that that Audi owner is asking for a ticket by using that black plate

http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/vctop/d03/vc5004_1.htm

wiki data on cali plates

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_re ... California (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vehicle_registration_plates_of_California)

J-Sauce
01-04-2011, 12:41 PM
Dang Steve, do you just hang out at the RB Tech garage all day? haha They do look to be doing well. I will have to come stop by some time.

szvook
01-04-2011, 03:05 PM
States don't allow you to change colors on the plate. Normally, you have a selection of custom plates you can get from the DMV and ONLY the DMV.
Thanks for the heads up, Iíll contact DMV and confirm.

szvook
01-04-2011, 03:06 PM
Dang Steve, do you just hang out at the RB Tech garage all day? haha They do look to be doing well. I will have to come stop by some time.
I wish. Actually, the pictures were forwarded to me; I do not have a camera.

They can get busy and the shop is not that big to handle a lot of customers at once. They have quite a bit of cars that are there for work that spans a few weeks or more, so itís tough to move the cars to make room for others.

Let me know if you want to come down, they are opened on Saturday's till 2pm.