How do I obtain vintage license plates for an historic vehicle?

License Plates for Vintage, Antique and Historic Cars

Each state has specific requirements for applying for vintage license plates. But before you can even consider applying for antique license plates, your vehicle must first meet your state's age qualifications. For instance, in Nebraska, only vehicles 30 years old or older qualify for historic license plates. In New York it's 25 years old or older. And in Connecticut the minimum age is 20 years old. 

If your vehicle qualifies, you'll need to check with your DMV for how to apply for vintage, antique or historic plates. Each state is different. In Nebraska, for example, applicants must provide proof of paying sales tax or an old registration, proof of insurance, and the vehicle's license plates and registration if it's currently registered. Whereas in California, applicants only need to provide a Special License Plate Application.  

Most states impose operating restrictions on vintage- or historic-plated vehicles, limiting driving to exhibition shows for classic cars or to local parades. If you plan on using your antique car for everyday use, you'll need to make special arrangements, if allowed, with your DMV. In Virginia, for example, you'll need to provide vintage license plates and register your vehicle for general transportation purposes. And instead of a one-time registration, you'll need to register your vintage vehicle annually, just like a regular vehicle.

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