WEST SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – Working to restore his 1968 Firebird, Tony Mayorga was among the first to pre-order a 60’s style black and yellow California license plate, when the DMV announced in 2013 they may bring back the legacy plates.
Mayorga put $50 down, but almost two years later says he’s heard nothing.READ MORE: Pilot, Pregnant Wife And Young Nephews Survive Plane Crash In Wilton
In order to bring back three designs from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s, each would need 75-hundred pre-orders. Mayorga’s 60’s style plates surpassed that in May, now more than 12,000. But after ten calls, Tony says the DMV can’t answer when will he get his plates.
“There was a lot of excuses,” he said. “A lot of reasons, separate computer systems, the system too new, none of them were able to do it.”
A DMV spokesperson confirmed to CBS13 the plates haven’t been printed yet.
“These programs are complicated to develop and plates take effort to manufacture,” a spokesperson said. But they add, “everything is going as planned” and people will start receiving plates in the first half of 2015.READ MORE: Statewide School Walkout In The Works Over Gov. Newsom's Vaccine Mandate
As to why Mayorga couldn’t get answers, the DMV spokesperson said, “I can’t imagine that he called ten times and no one could help him.”
He’s looking forward to cruising the streets with his black and yellow plates.
“I bet I get more comments on my plate than how good my car looks,” he said.
The 70’s blue and yellow, and 50’s style black and yellow are still falling short. Each has thousands to go by January 1st to meet that 75-hundred minimum or those designs will not be made.MORE NEWS: Inmates Credited With Saving Folsom Prison Guard Who Suffered Heart Attack
The DMV has posted answers to some frequently asked questions on their website: http://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/legacyplates/faqs.