CALIFORNIA: Old California License PLATES FOR SALE - Go Here to See Pictures of Our Items

California vintage license plates - great for collectors! We have collectible black, yellow, auto, trailer, motorcycle, and commercial plates for sale (please see separate Motorcycle category to the left). Some of the 1969 and older trailer plates may be eligible for the California Year of Manufacture Program (YOM), all other plates are for collecting and display only. Feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the YOM program: you'll need a "clear" set of base plates, and an old year sticker, or metal year tab, that matches the year of your vehicle.

Or click here to see many more old California plates and YOM stickers for sale at our Classic License Plates webstore on Ruby Lane. If you'd like to follow us on our blog, please click here: Go to ClassicLicensePlates.wordpress.com

Please click on the images below to see larger pictures. Feel free to call us at 503-585-3497, if you have any questions, or if you have any difficulty using the "add to cart" purchasing process. Please note: we are not set up to make plates.

**We recently added some of the vintage Disabled American Veterans Idento keychain tags. Sold items are shown at the bottom of the page.

cal-plate-1934-5v6278.JPG Old California License Plate 1934
$25.00
Old 1934 California license plate, 5V 62 78. This would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program.

Please click on image to see a larger picture. There are scattered scratches and areas of surface rust on the front and back. The paint has faded a little bit.

ca-plate-1934-5k745.JPG Vintage California License Plate 1934
$30.00
Old California license plate, from 1934, 5K 745. This would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program.

Please click on image to see a larger picture. There are scattered scratches and areas of surface rust on the front and back.

california-exempt-8874.JPG Old California Exempt License Plate 1938
$75.00 $50.00 On Sale!
Vintage California exempt license plate, from 1938, E8874.

***Please click on image to see a larger picture. This plate appears to have been repainted with a black magic marker - looks very rough, and has scratches and areas of surface rust.

This would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program.

vintage california trailer license plate Vintage California Trailer License Plate 1947
$75.00
1947 California Trailer License Plate (NOS meaning made back in 1947, but never bolted onto a trailer).

Please click on image for a larger picture. This is a longer plate, and has a natural metal twist/flex to it, which makes it appear warped, but it's just the way it was made. There is some roughness on lower left bolt hole (small paint bubbles) - please let us know if you would like additional close-up photos of these areas.

1951-california-plate-2L7141.JPG California License Plate 1951
$40.00
Old California license plate, 1951, 2L7141, with some dents in the metal, scratches, bolt marks, and a small hole just above the upper right bolt hole. This would be for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program, as it is just the one plate.

Please click on image to see larger pictures. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

cal-plate-1951-2b94150.JPG 1951 California License Plate
$40.00
Old California license plate, 1951, 2B94150. This would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program, as it is just the one plate.

Please click on image to see a larger picture. This steel plate has surface rust, a few shallow bolt bends, and scattered scratches.

cal-trailer-1956.JPG California Trailer License Plate, 1956-1962, NOS
$125.00 $100.00 On Sale!
California trailer license plate (yellow plates were issued from 1956-1962, we have those year stickers for sale too). This is a NOS aluminum plate that has just a few tiny scratches. This plate may be eligible for California Year of Manufacture Program (for trailers only).

Please click on image to see larger picture.

old california license plate Old California Trailer License Plate Yellow
$45.00
Vintage yellow California trailer license plate, 396 721. This one has an extra hole in the top left corner, scattered scratches, and bolt marks/bends. Please click on image to see larger picture. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.
old california license plate Vintage California Trailer License Plate Yellow
$45.00
Old yellow California trailer license plate, 828 051. This one has scattered black spots, scratches, areas of surface rust, and bolt marks. Please click on image to see larger picture. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.
cal-plate-trailer-cv.JPG Black California Trailer License Plate, 1963 - 1969
$60.00 $45.00 On Sale!
Old black California trailer license plate, CV 1449. This plate may be eligible for the California Year of Manufacture Program for trailers only (black plates issued from 1963-1969).

Please click on image to see larger picture. There are bolt marks, scratches, slight paint fade, white paint along the edges, and small scattered white spots. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

cal-plate-trailer-dk.JPG California Black License Plate, Trailer, 1963-1969, DK 9642
$40.00 $30.00 On Sale!
Vintage black California trailer license plate, DK 9642. This plate may be eligible for the California Year of Manufacture Program for trailers only (black plates issued from 1963-1969).

Please click on image to see larger picture. There are bolt marks, scratches, paint fade, and white paint along the edges. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

california-plate-1963-fdg.JPG Vintage Black California Auto License Plate
$35.00
Old black and yellow California auto license plate, FDG 973. This one has some scratches, bolt marks, specks, and spots of discoloration - click on image to see larger picture). These single plates are great for collectors (but are not eligible for vehicle registration). Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.
cal-black-plate-xxd.JPG California License Plate Black 1963
$30.00
Old black California license plate, XXD 119, pretty rusty.

Please click on image to see a larger picture: there is a lot of surface rust. Please note: these single plates are great for collectors, but are not eligible for vehicle registration. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

cal-plate-63-nkz.JPG Black California License Plate with stickers
$40.00
Black California license plate, NKZ 587, with a red June and 1977 sticker already attached. Please click on image to see a larger picture: this one has some scratches, scattered spots of surface rust, and some areas where the paint has faded a little. Please note: these single plates are great for collectors, but are not eligible for vehicle registration. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.


cal-black-plates-jle593.JPG Old California License Plates, Black
$190.00 $150.00 On Sale!

PLEASE NOTE: THESE ARE NOT YOM ELIGIBLE AS AN OLD PAIR OF YELLOW PLATES WITH THE SAME NUMBER IS ALREADY BEING USED - THESE ARE FOR COLLECTING ONLY.

Black California license plates for collecting only, not for use on your car.

**Please click on small image to see a larger picture (and then scroll down to see the additional picture), as the top plate has some bends in the metal.** Both plates have surface rust and scratches.

horseless-carriage-1623.JPG California Horseless Carriage License Plates
$100.00
California Horseless Carriage license plates, red, number 1623.

Please click on image to see a larger picture. There are some bolt marks, scattered scratches, and areas of surface rust. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

horseless-carriage-2615.JPG Vintage California Horseless Carriage License Plate
$50.00
California Horseless Carriage license plate, red, number 2615.

Please click on image to see a larger picture, as there are bolt marks and scattered scratches. This plate would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for vehicle registration.

cal-sample-plate.JPG Old California Sample License Plate from the 1970's, 123 SAM
$45.00
Blue sample license plate issued in the 1970's by California, new old stock, that also comes with the original mailing envelope. This one has a some tiny scattered paint bubbles, and some roughness in the paint around the bolt holes. Please click on image to see larger picture. This is a single plates, great for collectors (but is not eligible for vehicle registration). Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.
cal-plates-944.JPG California License Plates 944 Blue
$25.00
Blue California license plates, used, with stickers, that would look great in your collection - would be great for a Porsche 944 owner! These are NOT eligible for vehicle registration.

Please click on image for larger picture. Both plates have bolt marks and scattered scratches, including some with missing paint. Please let us know if you would like additional photos.

cal-2mwg333.jpg California Auto License Plates, Late 1980's Block Pair
$20.00 $15.00 On Sale!
Early 1990's California license plates - for collecting purposes - not eligible for vehicle registration.

Click on image for larger picture. On the top plate, there is a clear-coat glob in the upper right corner.


2xes711.jpg Old California License Plates Early 1990's Block Pair
$25.00 $20.00 On Sale!
Early 1990's California license plates - for collecting only - not eligible for vehicle registration.

Click on image for larger picture. There are a few small scratches in the clear coat, and on the top plate, the last 1 has a small scratch in the blue paint.


california-exempt-plate-029474.JPG California Exempt License Plate Expired
$75.00 $60.00 On Sale!
Expired California exempt license plate, great for a collector, but is NOT eligible for vehicle registration.

Click on image for larger picture. This plate has bolt marks, and scattered scratches.

cal-pro-rate-1956.JPG California Pro Rate License Plate 1956 Yellow
$50.00
California Pro Rate license plate, 1956-1962. These were used by interstate truckers, and would be great for collectors, but is not eligible for vehicle registration.

Click on image for larger picture. There are some bolt marks, paint flaws, scratches, and paint drips.

cal-pro-rate.jpg Old California Pro Rate License Plate, Used
$30.00
Here is a hard-to-find California Pro Rate license plate. These were used by interstate truckers. This would be great for collectors, but is not eligible for vehicle registration.

Click on image for larger picture. The paint on the blue borders is slightly worn/cracked, and there are bolt marks on the upper bolt holes.

dav-misc-8.JPG DAV Disabled American Veterans Idento Keychain Tags
$50.00
DAV Idento tags, used, all 8 included (these are small, the main part measures about 1" by 1/2", and were usually attached to a keyring).

Click on image for larger picture. These do show some areas of wear.

idento-1953-1954.JPG Disabled American Veterans Keychain Attachments 1953 1954
$20.00
DAV Idento tags, 1953 and 1954, used matching pair (these are small, the main part measures about 1" by 1/2", and were usually attached to a keyring).

Click on image for larger picture. There are some scattered areas of surface rust.

dav-1956-1957-1958-1959.JPG DAV Idento Keychain Tags 1956-1959
$25.00
Idento DAV tags, used set of 4 (these are small, and were usually attached to a keyring, the main part measures about 1" by 1/2").

Click on image for larger picture. There are some scattered areas of surface rust.

cal-idento-dav-56-63.JPG Idento DAV Mini Keychain Tags 1956 and 1963
$30.00
Idento DAV mini-tags, used, but in nice shape, all 4 are included (these are small, and were usually attached to a keyring, the main part measures about 1" by 1/2").

Click on image for larger picture. Please note: the black set is a matching pair, but not the yellow set.

1926-california-plate.jpg Old California License Plate 1926 REPAINTED
$45.00 $35.00 On Sale!
California license plate, 1926, appears to have been repainted awhile ago. Great for collecting, but not eligible for vehicle registration as it is just the one plate.

Please click on image to see a much larger picture: The paint is cracking in several areas, the back of the plate is painted the same blue color, there are scratches, and some indentations next to the CAL.

ca-historical-4730.JPG California Historical Vehicle License Plates
$75.00
California Historical Vehicle license plates, number 4730, with several stickers under the 2006.

Please click on image to see a larger picture. Each aluminum plate has some light frame marks, and small scattered scratches. The non-stickered plate has some cracking paint inside the top right rim. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

cal-plate-1931-4j510.JPG Vintage California License Plate 1931
$25.00
Old 1931 California license plate, 4J 510, a nice lower number. This would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program, as it just the one plate.

Please click on image to see a larger picture. This steel plate has lots of surface rust and scratches.

cal-plate-4d2114.JPG Old 1934 California Plate
$30.00
Old California license plate, from 1934, 4D2114. This would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program.

Please click on image to see a larger picture. This plate has a some scratches, spots of surface rust, and dark spots. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

cal-plate-8d6550.JPG California License Plate, 1938
$35.00 $30.00 On Sale!
Old California license plate, from 1938, 8D6550. Please click on image to see a larger picture. This plate has scratches and spots of surface rust.

This would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program.

cal45-46-10K590.jpg Vintage California License Plate, 1945, with 1946 Tab. 10 K 590
Here is a nice 1945 California license plate that will come with the 1946 year tab as shown in the photo. In 1945, California only issued one plate per vehicle (the "war years"), so this plate may be eligible for the California Year of Manufacture Program. The plate and tab both have some surface rust and scratches. The plate has some metal ripples on the lower right edge - please let us know if you would like additional photos.

Please click on image for a larger picture.

1945-california-plate-1a5866.JPG Old California License Plate 1945 1946
$75.00
1945 California license plate (one) which is pretty rusty! If you have a 1946 vehicle, we have the 1946 metal tabs for sale on our tabs and toppers page on this website. In 1945-1946, California only issued one plate per vehicle (the "war years"), so this plate may be eligible for the California Year of Manufacture Program.

Click on small image to see a bigger picture. This plate is rusty, but is nice and straight.

california-trailer-1947-921.JPG Old California Trailer License Plate 1947
$75.00 $50.00 On Sale!
Vintage 1947 California Trailer License Plate with several scratches.

Please click on image for a larger picture.

old-california-plate-51-5m.JPG Vintage 1951 California License Plate
$40.00
Vintage California license plate, 1951, 5M3457. This would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program, as it is just the one plate.

Please click on image to see a larger picture. This steel plate has frame marks, spots of surface rust, faded areas, and scattered scratches.

1951-ca-plate-2l5776.JPG Old California License Plate 1951
$40.00
California license plate, 1951, 2L5776. This would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program, as it just the one plate.

Please click on image to see larger pictures. This steel plate has a few areas of surface rust, bolt marks, scattered scratches, and a metal crease above the 51. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

old-cal-plate-1951-2z29451.JPG Vintage California License Plate, 1951
$40.00
Old California license plate, 1951, 2Z29451. This would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program, as it is just the one plate.

Please click on image to see a larger picture. This steel plate has areas of surface rust and scattered scratches. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

california-tag-1951-1k.JPG Old 1951 California License Plate
$35.00 $30.00 On Sale!
California license plate, 1951, 1K 9193. This would be great for a collector, but is not eligible for the YOM program, as it is just the one plate.

Please click on image to see a larger picture. This steel plate has large areas of surface rust and scattered scratches.

cal-ucy.jpg Old Yellow and Black California License Plates, Auto, 1956-1960, Some Rust, UCY 231
$250.00

Old California license plates, 1956 base pair, with an attached 1960 sticker.

**Please click on small image to see a larger picture.** Both plates have some rusty spots, scratches, and some discoloration which gives it a slightly "dirty" look. Each plate has a little looseness/wiggle to the metal. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

california-plates-sxu.JPG Yellow and Black California License Plates, 1956-1962
$175.00 $150.00 On Sale!

Old California license plates, 1956 base pair.

**Please click on small image to see a larger picture.** The bottom middle portion of the one plate has cuts in the metal, and some small dings. Both plates have some rusty spots, scratches, and some discoloration which gives it a somewhat "dirty" look. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

cal-black-plates-bwp.JPG Vintage Black California License Plates, 1963-1969, BWP
$325.00

Old black California auto license plates.

**Please click on small image to see a larger picture.** Both plates have some scratches and bolt marks, and slightly faded black paint. We would be happy to send additional pictures of these areas.

Were were told these plates were clear when we bought them, but we encourage everyone to call the DMV to see if these numbers okay to use (to make sure there is no record on file or that the number is in use on another year plate) and to find out about other requirements for YOM approval. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the program - feel free to call us!

california-license-plates-lqx-012.JPG Old California License Plates, Black and Yellow, Issued 1963-1969, LQX 012
$150.00

Vintage (and somewhat) rough and rusty pair of black California auto license plates.

**Please click on small image to see a larger picture.** Both plates have surface rust, scratches and some shallow metal ripples. We would be happy to send additional pictures of these areas.

If you are looking for Year of Manufacture (YOM) plates, were were told these were clear when we bought them, but you can contact the DMV to see if these numbers are still "clear" (to make sure there is no record on file or that the number is in use on another year plate) and to find out about other requirements for YOM approval. We are happy to answer any questions you have about the program - feel free to call us!

cal-uok199.jpg Vintage Black California License Plates, 1963-1969, Repainted Pair, UOK 199

Here is a very nice pair of repainted and restored old black California auto license plates.


old-cal-plate-lds.JPG 1964 California License Plate Black
$35.00
1964 California black license plate, base 1963, for collecting only, as it is just the one plate.

Please click on small image to see a larger photo, as there are areas and spots of surface rust, and several scratches.


cal-plate-1963-dps.JPG California Vintage Black License Plate 1964
$30.00
Black California license plate, DPS 776, with a 1964 sticker already attached.

Please click on image to see a larger picture: this one has scratches, rusty spots, and discolored areas. Please note: these single plates are great for collectors, but are not eligible for vehicle registration. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

California-license-plate-lrv185.JPG Black California License Plate, 1964, LRV 185
$40.00
Old black California license plate, LRV 185, with an attached 1964 sticker.

Please click on image to see a larger picture: this one has some scratches, and spots of surface rust just starting to show through. Please note: these single plates are great for collectors, but are not eligible for vehicle registration. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

california-license-plate-vod.JPG California Vintage License Plate 1963
$30.00
Black California license plate, VOD 120.

Please click on image to see a larger picture: this one has some scratches, slightly faded/discolored paint, and light frame marks. Please note: these single plates are great for collectors, but are not eligible for vehicle registration. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

california-license-plate-iut.JPG Vintage California Black License Plate, 1963
$30.00
Old black California license plate, IUT 130.

Please click on image to see a larger picture: this one has some scratches, slightly faded paint, and spots of surface rust just starting to show through. Please note: these single plates are great for collectors, but are not eligible for vehicle registration. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

california-license-plate-iwp.JPG Old Black California Auto License Plate
$25.00
Vintage black California license plate, IWP 475. Please click on image to see a larger picture: this one has some scratches and scattered spots of surface rust. Please note: these single plates are great for collectors, but are not eligible for vehicle registration. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.


cal-rxw708.jpg Vintage Black California Auto License Plate, RXW 708
Here is an old black and yellow California auto license plate, RXW 708. This one has some light scratches in the corners and along the edges, and on the yellow paint (which i hope you can see in the larger photo - click on image to see larger picture). These single plates are great for collectors (but are not eligible for vehicle registration). Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.
california-license-plate-xqk.JPG Black California License Plate, XQK 923
$35.00 $30.00 On Sale!
Black California license plate, XQK 923. Please click on image to see a larger picture: this one has some scratches, scattered spots of white (which we'll try to clean off), and some slight paint fade. Please note: these single plates are great for collectors, but are not eligible for vehicle registration. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.


ca-plate-tpw.JPG Old California License Plate Yellow
$15.00
Old yellow California license plate, TPW 713. This one has scattered spots of red paint, surface rust, scratches, bolt marks, and some bends in the metal. Please click on image to see larger picture). These single plates are great for collectors (but are not eligible for vehicle registration). Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.
old california license plate California License Plate Yellow
$25.00 $15.00 On Sale!
Old California collectible license plate, TUH 307. This one has scattered scratches, bolt/frame marks, faded/discolored areas of paint, and some small spots of surface rust. Please click on image to see larger picture). These single plates are great for collectors (but are not eligible for vehicle registration). Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.
old california license plate California License Plate Yellow
$25.00 $15.00 On Sale!
Old yellow California collectible license plate, GRP 944. This one has scattered scratches, bolt/frame marks, faded/discolored areas of paint, and some areas of surface rust. Please click on image to see larger picture). These single plates are great for collectors (but are not eligible for vehicle registration). Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.
California license plate 1956.JPG California Vintage License Plate, 1956, EEY 115
$25.00
Old yellow California collectible license plate, EEY 115. This one has scattered scratches, bolt/frame marks, faded/discolored areas of paint, and some small spots of surface rust. Please click on image to see larger picture). These single plates are great for collectors (but are not eligible for vehicle registration). Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.
cal-dy-5221.jpg Vintage Black California Trailer License Plate, Old 1963 Base, DY 5221
Here is a nice old black California trailer license plate, DY 5221. This plate may be eligible for the California Year of Manufacture Program (black plates issued from 1963-1969).

Please click on image to see larger picture. There are very light bolt marks and some scattered scratches on the black and yellow paint. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures.

232ash.jpg Old California Auto License Plates, Blue 1971 Pair, Steel, 232 ASH, Used, Good-Very Good Condition
Nice pair of used 1971 blue steel California License Plates that would look great in your collection. These are not eligible for vehicle registration.

Click on image for larger picture. Both plates have some bolt marks, and surface rust along the edges - please let us know if you would like additional photos of these areas.

Old California license plates Old California License Plates, Blue 1983 Pair, 1FWY612, Used, Very Good Condition
Nice pair of used 1983 blue California License Plates that would look great in your collection. These are NOT eligible for vehicle registration (not old enough).

Click on image for larger picture. On the stickered plate, there are some bolt marks, and some dark scuffs across the yellow 1FWY; on the non-stickered plate, there are a few scratches on the F.

old-ca-plates-1mne085.JPG Old California Plates Blue 1986
$25.00
California license plates, used, with already-attached stickers, that would look great in your collection. These are NOT eligible for vehicle registration.

Please click on image for larger picture. Both plates have scattered scratches, including some with missing paint. Please let us know if you would like additional photos.

Old California license plates Old California License Plates, Blue 1987 Pair, 1PMB510, Used
Old blue California License Plates, with already-attached stickers, that would look great in your collection. These are NOT eligible for vehicle registration.

Click on image for larger picture. Both plates have some very light bolt marks, and the non-stickered plate has a few very small 'nicks' in the upper right corner.

Old California license plates, blue Old California License Plates, Blue Pair, 1SBT057
Old blue NOS California license plates that would look great in your collection - and they come with the pictured New Old Stock 1988 year sticker! These are NOT eligible for vehicle registration (too new).

Click on image for larger picture.

1sbt059.jpg Old California License Plates, Blue Pair
$30.00 $25.00 On Sale!
Mint pair of late-1980's, New Old Stock, blue California license plates that would look great in your collection. These are not eligible for vehicle registration.

Click on image for larger picture.

1sbt058.jpg Old California Auto License Plates, Blue
California license plates, mint pair of blue late-1980's, New Old Stock, that would look great in your collection - and it comes with the pictured New Old Stock 1988 year sticker! These are NOT eligible for vehicle registration (not old enough).

Click on image for larger picture.

Old California license plates, Sun Old California License Plates, 1988 Golden State Sun Pair, 2EZZ058, Used Condition
$65.00
Here is a nice pair of 1988 California "sun" or "golden state" license plates - great for collecting - but not eligible for vehicle registration.

Please click on image for larger picture. Both plates have some light frame marks, and the non-stickered plate has several hard-to-see spots of white-ish residue on the clear coat - almost like a spots of wax. Please let us know if you would like additional pictures of these areas.