Authentic license plate
A special provision in law allows a historical vehicle owner to use an
authentic Michigan license plate from the same year the historical vehicle was
manufactured. The plate can be obtained through a private sale or any other
Reproduction and remanufactured plates as well as authentic dealer and
manufacturer plates are not allowed. The plate must display the
for the year of issuance.
Blue plates with white letters were issued from 1984 to through 2006. These
may be used as an authentic historic plate if the plate displays an authentic
Michigan year tab corresponding to the model year of the historic vehicle.
(Because 1984 blue plates were issued without a year tab, applications for 1984
model year historic vehicles do not require a year tab).
To qualify for an authentic license plate, the vehicle must be:
- 26 or more years old
- Owned solely as a collector's item
- A vehicle registered with a regular historic plate or authentic historic
plate cannot be used for general transportation. The vehicle can only used
for participating in historical club activities, exhibitions, tours,
parades, car shows, swap meets, and similar uses.
Fee: $35 -- Make checks and money orders payable to State of Michigan.
Authentic license plate applications must be submitted by mail. Applications
cannot be processed at a Secretary of State office.
Applying for an authentic historic plate
Owners need the following items:
Send the plate image, proof of ownership, insurance, $35, and completed
application to the:
Michigan Department of State
Office of Customer Services
7064 Crowner Drive
Lansing, MI 48918-1530
Your new registration will arrive in about three weeks.
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