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Multiple States Look to Amend License Plate Laws for Historic Vehicles

Posted February 14, 2017 9:00 AM by dstrohl

About a month into the new legislative session for many states, at least six have introduced bills that would provide for greater freedom for displaying license plates on older vehicles.

Of the six, five would allow single license plates while the other would provide for historical plates:

  • New York’s Senate Bill 832, introduced January 5, would introduce an exemption to the state’s two-plate standard only for historical vehicles registered as such that weren’t “manufactured with a number plate display area on the front of the vehicle.” New York state considers any vehicle 25 years or older eligible for historical registration. The bill has since been sent to the state senate’s transportation committee.
  • Montana’s House Bill 213, introduced January 10, would likewise exempt any vehicle “originally manufactured without a bracket, device, or other means to display and secure a front license plate” from displaying a front license plate. As worded, the bill does not require the vehicle to also register as historic; Montana state law already exempts motorcycles and street rods from displaying a front license plate. The bill has since been sent to the state’s house transportation committee.

What does this mean in your state? Should classic cars be exempt from front plates?

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02/15/2017 1:28 PM

I read in Idaho there's a movement to eliminate front license plates from all cars. A lot of newer cars don't even have a place for one. The police are against it because it would make identification harder.

On my '63 Econoline the front license plate holder seemed like an afterthought.

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02/15/2017 1:37 PM

On a vintage bicycle ride this guy showed up on a '53 Harley which had it's original 1953 Oregon license plate. He didn't have his bicycle that day but showed up to socialize (and show off) anyway.

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