Are Old State License Plates Legal to Use?


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License plate laws vary by state, but vintage license plates can typically only be used as a collector's item. Using vintage license plates typically requires the plate and vehicle to be registered with the state DMV and they may not be used for daily use.

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Are Old State License Plates Legal to Use?
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Vintage and antique plates can be used on vehicles that are at least 25 years old. Antique plates are issued by the state, while owners typically provide vintage plates. Every state requires drivers to have up-to-date license plates for daily use. The requirement that vehicles have front and back license plates is upheld by 31 states, as of 2015. License plates must be displayed on a vehicle in the proper places and be clearly visible to be considered valid.

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