Anyone familiar with CA Historic Plate registration process?

Discussion in 'California & Nevada (Northern)' started by SaratogaCA, Mar 18, 2017.

  1. plastique999

    plastique999 F1 Veteran
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    Nov 9, 2008
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    Historic plates on my F40...
    Car qualifies > 25 yrs. old
    Had to do a smog still - I believe smog exempt in CA is 30 years? Just missed it since mine is 1992.
    Registration went from around $8k to $80

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  3. syata

    syata Formula Junior

    Feb 23, 2017
    In CA smog exemption was to be on older than 25 years with an annual rollback. But this seized and currently only pre-1975 vehicles are SMG exempt. I think Arnold Schwarzenegger, while being the governator, wanted the rollback to continue but this somehow wasn’t passed...bummer.

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  4. Rory J

    Rory J Formula Junior
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    That's too bad the historic plate loophole closed. I used to run a '79 around on those plates in So Cal purely for the no-smog benefit. Have since moved to WA and couldn't be happier with no smog or income tax.
  5. Ferrar55whoa

    Ferrar55whoa Formula Junior
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    Technically pre ‘76 in CA.

    My 1975 Laguna is smog exempt.

    My ‘92 diesel Ford also smog exempt...for diesel it’s 1996 or 1997.
  6. HMB-Dino

    HMB-Dino Formula 3
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    There's a reason owners of multi-million dollar cars try to go the Montana LLC route. I think that's illegal so going with CA historic plates was a totally valid and cheap way to go.
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  8. Jon Christy

    Jon Christy Rookie

    Apr 16, 2020
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    You earned it, put it on the car that saves you the most. Thank You for your service and sacrifice. Awesome on a 599btw...

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