For those that haven't heard about it, effective July 1st, we can put Year Of Manufacture plates on our '69/older cars in California. This means cars like my '66 that have the current modern white/blue reflectorized plates can put the original black/yellow plates back on. The law requires that they be original California plates in good condition, and that you have a pair of them. In other words, you can't make new plates and put them on. So I go to register mine onto the car today. This isn't something that the DMV people are used to, as it's a new program, and, well, just doesn't effect enough people to make it commonplace at the DMV field offices. I was at the guy's window for a solid hour as he tried to figure out what he's supposed to do. The guy was very nice, and seemed to be very diligent. He looked info on his computer, went into the back for a while, came back and poured for a half hour through a rack of manuals, but the funniest part was when he pulls what looked like a box of junk out from under his desk. He starts rummaging through the junk until he finally finds what he's looking for ... a memo on the YOM program with all kinds of hand written notes on it. So, after an hour at the window, my application and photo copy (yes, a black and white photo copy of black/yellow plates) has been submitted to the DMV headquarters, and now I just wait to see if they approve my plates for my car. The weirdest part, is that my registration expires in 12 days. I paid that with the application fee, and they gave me a temporary operating permit that's good until the end of October. Yes, after the 12th, if I want to drive the car on the streets, it'll have to sport the big red "10" in the windshield, which is normally a neon sign to California residents that screams "this car is a total POS and I can't get it registered correctly".