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YOM Florida license plate requirements.

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In the Florida DMV requirements for using year of manufacture plates in their very strict requirements on restored plates it states that the numbers must be "rolled on". Does anyone know how critical this is or even exactly what they mean. I can only think to use an ink roller and try to apply in that manner but to make that perfect on something that isn't exactly new might look a little sloppy. Has anyone encountered this and had a plate pass their hand inspection? Also does anyone have a code for the exact green used on 1947 florida plates? Here's a quote from their website. 

    "It must not be bent or torn and can not be touched up in any way. Slight rust is acceptable if the plate can be read from 100 feet away. Excellent professional restorations are now accepted and the judgement of the DMV office is very strict. The original color of the plate must match exactly and the paint must be "rolled" on the numbers"

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Going back at least to WWII Florida plates were stamped with raised letters and numbers, usually coated with reflective paint. "E" plates are only appropriate for GT350Hs and Checkers.

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Getting it back on topic, you are 100% correct. You will have to mail the physical plates up to Tallahassee for approval

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I've had a few YOM plates registered with the State of Florida, and am surprised that they allow "excellent professional restorations".  Just that phrase alone opens a whole huge can of worms interpretation-wise, and I'm surprised that the State would go there.  Anyway, your post quotes the State:

 

  "It must not be bent or torn and can not be touched up in any way. Slight rust is acceptable if the plate can be read from 100 feet away. Excellent professional restorations are now accepted and the judgement of the DMV office is very strict. The original color of the plate must match exactly and the paint must be "rolled" on the numbers"

 

"Can not (sic) be touched up in any way.", yet," professional restorations are now accepted", makes on sense to me and is classically contradictory.  After this rant, I guess I need to look up the statute (again).

 

Back to the subject of this thread.  I think that your idea to use an ink roller to paint the raised letters of the license plate is the way to go.  I'm not sure about the exact original process, but, as I recall, it involved paint impregnated rollers (someone with more knowledge, please correct me).  As to the code of the green paint, I think that it would be very difficult to track that down, if not impossible.  If Tallahassee DMV knows what the "original color of the plate" was, ask them to send you a color sample.  Otherwise, take your plate, with a legible color area, to your nearest paint store, and they should be able to match the color.

 

Good luck, and let us know how it works out.

 

Cheers,

Grog

 

 

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What I meant was up until the 70's Florida plates conveyed specific information:

County

Class or weight of vehicle

Number

 

If you want to be fanatical all of that must be correct.

See here.

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22 hours ago, John348 said:

 You will have to mail the physical plates up to Tallahassee for approval

 

What a gigantic PITA that would be. In Kentucky you simply put a YOM plate on the back of your classic (that is legally registered with an antique plate) and carry the antique plate (no front plates here) inside the vehicle.... :)

 

 

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40 minutes ago, Lebowski said:

 

What a gigantic PITA that would be. In Kentucky you simply put a YOM plate on the back of your classic (that is legally registered with an antique plate) and carry the antique plate (no front plates here) inside the vehicle.... :)

 

I can't speak for everyone, but I've registered two vehicles with YOM plates in Florida, and it wasn't a PITA at all.  I did have to submit the unrestored plate to the DMV in Tallahassee, but the registration and plate verification was done in less than a week.  The reason for the requirement to submit an unrestored plate is to reduce the possibility that reproduction plates could be submitted and registered.  If that occurred, it is quite possible that several plates, all bearing the same numbers, would be submitted for registration, and that would be at the least confusing but at the worst chaotic.  The principal reason for displaying license plates on vehicles is to identify the owner; however, if a single set of plate numbers was duplicated numerous times, the identification value of the plate would be negated.

 

Cheers,

Grog

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in nys you cant use a yom plate number that is already in the system on any type of plate in use

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40 minutes ago, capngrog said:

 

I can't speak for everyone, but I've registered two vehicles with YOM plates in Florida, and it wasn't a PITA at all.  I did have to submit the unrestored plate to the DMV in Tallahassee, but the registration and plate verification was done in less than a week.  The reason for the requirement to submit an unrestored plate is to reduce the possibility that reproduction plates could be submitted and registered.  If that occurred, it is quite possible that several plates, all bearing the same numbers, would be submitted for registration, and that would be at the least confusing but at the worst chaotic.  The principal reason for displaying license plates on vehicles is to identify the owner; however, if a single set of plate numbers was duplicated numerous times, the identification value of the plate would be negated.

 

Cheers,

Grog


I had a similar experience with the State of Florida, even though my transaction was 20 years ago. It was very easy. I located  an original 1966 tag with the correct county designation. I sent the required form, along with the tag, to Tallahassee and it was approved in about a week. Very easy to do.

 

Kevin

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1 hour ago, capngrog said:

 

I can't speak for everyone, but I've registered two vehicles with YOM plates in Florida, and it wasn't a PITA at all.  I did have to submit the unrestored plate to the DMV in Tallahassee, but the registration and plate verification was done in less than a week.  The reason for the requirement to submit an unrestored plate is to reduce the possibility that reproduction plates could be submitted and registered.  If that occurred, it is quite possible that several plates, all bearing the same numbers, would be submitted for registration, and that would be at the least confusing but at the worst chaotic.  The principal reason for displaying license plates on vehicles is to identify the owner; however, if a single set of plate numbers was duplicated numerous times, the identification value of the plate would be negated.

 

Cheers,

Grog

 

I agree it was surprisingly rather easy,

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