6 Things You Need to Know to Get Antique Tags

Antique car freedom comes with a little red tape, and navigating the world of antique tags can feel like deciphering hieroglyphics on a Model T hood. 

This guide is your roadmap to cruising down an open road, breaking down the six key things you need to know to get those coveted antique tags and finally let your classic car scream “freedom!”

6 ThingsYou Need to Know to Get Antique Tags

How does it work to get antique tags?

The process to get antique tags (also known as classic or vintage plates) for your vehicle can vary significantly depending on the state you live in. However, here is a general guide on how it usually works:

  1. Vehicle Eligibility: First, your vehicle must meet the age requirement set by your state’s Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). This is typically 20 or 25 years old, but some states might have different criteria. Some states may also require that the vehicle be in its original, unmodified condition.
  2. Application: You’ll need to fill out an application form for antique vehicle registration and antique plates. This form can usually be found on your state’s DMV website.
  3. Documentation: Along with your application, you’ll likely need to provide proof of ownership (such as a title or bill of sale), a valid safety inspection certificate if required, and proof of insurance.
  4. Fees: There will typically be a fee to register your vehicle as an antique and to obtain the special plates. The amount can vary by state.
  5. Usage Restrictions: Keep in mind that antique plates often come with usage restrictions. These can include limits on how many miles the vehicle can be driven each year, and restrictions on using the vehicle for daily transportation. It’s typically meant for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades, and other public interest events.
  6. Renewal: Antique car registrations and plates usually don’t need to be renewed as often as regular ones. In some states, it’s a one-time registration; in others, renewal is required every five years.

Here are some resources to help you navigate the specific requirements in your state:

If you have other questions, hit up our contact page. At Get Vintage Vehicles we love helping you find answers to the hard questions and often if you’re asking the question then someone else is too.

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