OPTIONAL ISSUE LICENSE PLATES
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REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-ART
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1994
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Arts Council license plate is available to all motorists in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-BOR
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1990
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Bill of Rights Bicentennial license plates were issued between 1990 and 1991 only.



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-CAF
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1995
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: California Firefighter license plate is available to active and retired firefighters



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-CAM
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 2002
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: California Memorial license plate (9/11, We Will Never Forget) is available to all motorists in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-CCC
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1997
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Coastal Commission (Whale Tail) license plate is available to all motorists in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-COL
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1994
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Collegiate (UCLA Bruins) license plate is available to all motorists in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-CMH-2
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1993
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Congressional Medal of Honor recipient



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-CMH-1
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1984
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Congressional Medal of Honor recipient



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-DAV
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: c1993
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Disabled Veterans license plate is available subject to certain qualification requirements



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-FOX
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: c1994
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: For vehicles owned or leased by an officer or designated employee of foreign organization recognized by the United States (i.e. Taiwan Relations Act)



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-HCC
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1995
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Issued to automobiles owned by officials who are citizens or permanent resident of the United States, who are appointed by a foreign country for the purpose of facilitating and promoting their interest.



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-HCX
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1956
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Horseless Carriage license plate is issued to a vehicle with an engine of 16 or more cylinders manufactured prior to 1965, or any motor vehicle manufactured in 1922 or before



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-HST
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1965
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Historical Vehicle license plate is issued to a vehicle manufactured after 1922 which are at least 25 years old and of historic interest



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-KID
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1993
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Child Health & Safety Fund (Kids) license plate is available to all motorists in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-LAK
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1996
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Lake Tahoe Conservancy license plate is available to all motorists in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-LIV
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1996
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Public Utility Commission Livery license plate is available to all motorists with a valid California PUC permit



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-OLY-4
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: c2000
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Olympic Training Center (Olympic Spirit) license plate is available to all motorists in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-OLY-3
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: c1999
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Olympic Training Center (Share the Olympic Victory) license plate was available to all motorists in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-OLY-2
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1990
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Olympic Training Center (Share the Olympic Victory) license plate was available to all motorists in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-OLY-1
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1984
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: 1984 Olympics license plate was available to all motorists in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-PHS
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1996
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Pearl Harbor Survivor license plate is issued to cerfified survivor of Pearl Harbor attack on December 7, 1941.



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-POW-5
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 2000
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Prisoner of War (POW) license plate is available to all ex-POWs in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-POW-4
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: c1993
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Prisoner of War (POW) license plate is available to all ex-POWs in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-PPX
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 2000
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Press Photographer license plate is available, upon request, to newspaper, newsreel, television photographers and camera operators.



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OCC-SEN
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1993
PLATE TYPE: OCCUPATIONAL
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: State Senator license plate is available, upon request, to personal vehicle owned by a State Senator. Plate number shows his or her district number



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-TOR
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1998
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Tournament of Roses license plates are used on parade vehicles during the Rose parade festivities each year in Pasadena



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-VET
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1994
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Military Veterans license plate is available to all motorists in California



REFERENCE NUMBER: CA-OPT-YOS
FIRST YEAR OF ISSUE: 1996
PLATE TYPE: SPECIAL INTEREST
BASE MATERIAL: ALUMINUM
REFLECTORIZATION: PARTIAL - BACKGROUND ONLY
VALIDATION: MONTH AND YEAR STICKERS ON REAR PLATE
NOTES: Yosemite National Park license plate is available to all motorists in California



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