How Old Does a Car Have to Be Before It Is Considered an Antique Car?

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The DMV rules concerning antique designation vary from state to state but generally require the vehicle to be at least 25 to 50 years old or manufactured prior to a certain year. Registered antique cars are limited use vehicles subject to additional rules and restrictions.

Obtain additional information on how to register a vehicle as an antique or classic car and get the appropriate license plates by contacting a local state DMV office. In many states, drivers can only operate these vehicles within a designated distance from the driver's place of residence unless the purpose of the drive is for repairs, auction, sale or exhibition at a show or parade.