Hope you have the best of luck resolving the new Amateur license plate issue.
The DMV recently update there web site, you may want to review it. Please go to the state DMV site and take a long hard look at those pictures, does any thing look odd ? http://www.dmv.ca.gov/pubs/plates/specialplates.htm. All the plates are out of circulation (out of date> plates). The White plate with the red block letters was in uses from 1987 to 1992 The Golden State plate / sunrise plate 1982 to 1986. The Blue Plate 1969 to 1981. Currently California uses The Script/Lipstick plate.
Is the DMV trying to infer, this is the way it all way been done? Phys-ops or mind games maybe?
73s Mike, KC6SYT