Antique vehicle registration

Examples of Virginia's antique license plates

Special form of motor vehicle registration for vehicles that are considered antique, classic, vintage, or historic.

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Classic car

Older car, typically 25 years or older, though definitions vary.

Classics in an American car museum
1932 Nash Advanced Eight - a CCCA "Full Classic" car
Car accident in 1930

Legally, most states have time-based rules for the definition of "historic" or "classic" for purposes such as antique vehicle registration.

Antique car

Automobile that is an antique.

1916 Ford Model T
An antique car on a poster advertising a race in Makarska, Croatia

However, the legal definitions for the purpose of antique vehicle registration vary widely.

Vehicle inspection

Procedure mandated by national or subnational governments in many countries, in which a vehicle is inspected to ensure that it conforms to regulations governing safety, emissions, or both.

Vehicle emissions inspection station
A Massachusetts state inspection sticker
Austrian decal
German decal (expiration: Dec 2007, when attached as shown)
DEKRA in Hedemora, Dalarna county

Delaware (every year or every two years; brand new cars are exempt for the first four years provided the car remains with the same owner. Older cars registered as antiques do not require emissions testing.)

Vehicle registration plate

Metal or plastic plate attached to a motor vehicle or trailer for official identification purposes.

Some jurisdictions license non-traditional vehicles, such as golf carts, particularly on on-road vehicles, such as this one in Put-in-Bay, Ohio.
A car registration plate as seen in the United Kingdom. The UK mark is used in the UK since 28 September 2021
Two Swedish snowmobiles with license plates attached to the side of the vehicles
License plate size comparison
Botswana plate
Burkina Faso passenger plate
Burkina Faso Gendarmerie plate
Cameroonian diplomatic registration plate
Cameroonian license plate
An old Kenyan number plate from the 1970s
Morocco, Agadir registration plate
Northern Province number plate (1995)
Argentinian registration plate
Bolivian registration plate issued in La Paz, as indicated by the "L" sticker in the top right corner
Plate for a private vehicle issued in 2018 from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Standard New Brunswick plate
An Ontario licence plate, demonstrating the standardised North American size.
Northwest Territories plates are known for their distinctive polar bear shape.
Colombian vehicle registration plate
Greenland registration plate; all current plates have the GR 12 345 format.
Mexico – Sonora registration plate
Standard California plate as of 2011
Standard Idaho plate, uses county codes in 2021
Standard Tennessee plate, with the county name, seen in use in February 2022
Standard Pennsylvania plate using sample lettering
Afghanistan LP – Kabul
Blue PRC registration plate of the 1992 standard
Hong Kong registration plates
Macau number plates for private vehicles, as observed in 2009
Indian vehicle registration plate (West Bengal). WB-06 stands for Kolkata.
New Registration Plate in Iran
Iraq registration plate 53964 – 2001
Japanese registration plate (schematic illustration). This sample registration plate is registered to Tama.
Jordanian private vehicle registration plate
North Korean registration plate from Pyongyang (1992)
South Korean vehicle registration plate
A standard Peninsular Malaysian registration plate, registered in Penang and affixed on a dealership plate frame
Standard Nepali vehicle registration plate
2014-style Saudi Arabia registration plate
Black on white (front) and black on yellow (rear) number plate scheme in Singapore
A white on black number plate scheme in Singapore
Sri Lankan Number Plate for Front side of Vehicle
Sri Lankan Number Plate for Rear side of Vehicle
Vietnamese civilian vehicle registration plate. 51 denotes that the province is Ho Chi Minh City.
Plates in Europe
Standard Finnish registration plate as seen in 2007
Russian registration plate
Swedish registration plates
Turkish vehicle registration plate
UA number plate
United Kingdom number plates
Registration plate post-Brexit, with pre-September 2021 national identifier (Great Britain)
Northern Irish license plate: The UK is a mark used in the UK since 28 September 2021.
The UK and associated Union Flag is a mark used in the UK after the 28 September 2021 change.
Registration plate with green patch as for zero-emissions vehicles (GB)
NSW number plate
Victoria number plate
Queensland number plate
Western Australia number plate
South Australia number plate
A.C.T. number plate
Tasmania number plate
Northern Territory number plate
Governor of Western Australia's official vehicle
A motorcade transporting senior members of the official party to an event in Canberra in November 2009. The black car, at left, with the numberplate ADF1, carried the Chief of the Defence Force; the white car behind it, with the numberplate C1, carried the Prime Minister; and the black car, second from the right, carried the Governor-General.
Old New Zealand plate, issued in 1973
Current New Zealand plate issued in 2006
Rare Antarctica registration plate
An example of a vanity registration plate from Texas, 2012 issue. This plate references the Star Wars character Chewbacca.
A "Euro Plate" issued in the Australian state of Western Australia
An example of a profane Maine license plate, reading "IEATA55"
Temporary registration plate in Ontario
Temporary registration plate in Montenegro
Miami Beach license topper
The damage to the porcelain on this Wyoming license plate from 1916 exposed the iron, causing it to rust.
In 1944, Wyoming license plates were made of soybean-based fiberboard due to metal conservation for World War II.
Black leather automobile license tag with a brass number on the center front. The first automobile license plate in Minnesota, 1903.

Some states allow year of manufacture registrations where an original, official plate expiring on the model year of an antique car is revalidated.

Vehicle registration plates of the Netherlands

Vehicle registration plates of the Netherlands are vehicle registration plates issued by the RDW (Dutch Vehicle Authority).

Dutch vehicle registration plate
Dutch license plate with duplicate code 1
Vehicle registration card

White letters on a blue or black background are used for classic cars older than 1 January 1978 and with a registration number in Side Code 1, 2, or 3.

Automobile License Plate Collectors Association

Largest such organization in the world.

ALPCA Souvenir license plate

Antique vehicle, bus, camper, farm, military, motorcycle, trailer, and truck plates are just a few of the hundreds of other plate types that have been issued and are now collected by members.

Hans J. Røsjorde

Norwegian politician for the Progress Party.

As a hobby, he takes care of his antique Willy's Jeep.

United States license plate designs and serial formats

Frequently chosen to contain symbols, colors, or slogans associated with the issuing jurisdiction, which are the 50 U.S. states, the District of Columbia, the 5 inhabited U.S. territories, and Native American tribes, each of which independently registers motor vehicles.

Some jurisdictions license non-traditional vehicles, such as golf carts, particularly on on-road vehicles, such as this one in Put-in-Bay, Ohio.

This table does not include year of manufacture registrations.

Vehicle registration plates of California

The U.S. state of California first required its residents to register their motor vehicles in 1905.

A California car license plate saying ANRCHST (a vanity plate–speak form of anarchist) from 2006
2021 Californian temporary license plate for a Ferrari Roma.

The use of year-of-manufacture (YOM) plates is authorized by Section 5004.1 of the California Motor Vehicle Code.

Vehicle inspection in the United States

[[File:VehicleInspectionLawsUS.svg|thumb|450px|Vehicle inspection laws by state:

PennDOT-issued sign at an auto garage in New Castle, Pennsylvania stating that it does vehicle inspections for cars.
Vehicle emissions inspection station in Wisconsin

Missouri – biennially, based on the vehicle's model year. Odd-numbered model year renews in odd-numbered year, even-numbered model year renews in even-numbered year. Effective August 28, 2019, motor vehicles for the first ten years following the model year of manufacture and having less than 150,000 miles on the odometer are exempt from the safety inspection requirement. Vehicles displaying historical plates are completely exempt from inspection.