There were two variations of this door seal used by the Department. From approximately 1959 until 1972, the background of this door seal was silver. From 1972 until 1990, the background was gold. Otherwise, the seal was identical. It was a seven point star, with rounded points. The word "SHERIFF" was on a ribbon along the top of the star and the County Seal was in the center. The words "SANTA CLARA COUNTY" surrounded a scene of Mt. Hamilton, located in the east foothills of the County. On top of Mt. Hamilton, is Lick Observatory, part of the University of California system. The scene depicts Mt. Hamilton, with the observatory on top and has a winding road leading up the mountain. A field is visible in foreground, along with vegetation. The sky is blue, with white clouds; the mountain is green and the remaining detail is black and white. The cars utilizing the gold version were of the same paint scheme as above, with the green and gold stripes. The earlier silver version appeared on light green patrol cars, with white front doors and roofs. The word "SHERIFF" was on the trunk in gold letters on a black rectangle.