Illinois Bill to Expand Use of Antique Vehicles Signed Into Law

Angelo Van Bogart |


Legislation (H.B. 3256) to provide for an expanded-use antique vehicle registration class that would allow an  tique vehicles and replicas to be driven without limitation during the warmer part of the year (April 1 through October 31) was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn.  Under the new law, expanded-use antiques are limited to traveling to and from car shows, exhibitions, servicing or demonstration during the colder months (November 1 through March 31).  Regular antique vehicle registration is still available for a lower fee to hobbyists who would prefer only operating their vehicle on a limited-use basis throughout the year.  The law becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2012.

The expanded-use antique registration plate will be available at an annual fee of $45.  The limited-use antique plate (travel to and from car shows, exhibitions, for servicing or demonstration) remains available at a fee of $13 for a two-year registration.  A standard registration plate, with no use limitations, is available for an annual $98 registration fee.  In Illinois, an antique vehicle is defined as a motor vehicle that is more than 25 years of age, a bonafide replica or a fire-fighting vehicle more than 20 years old which is not used as fire-fighting equipment.

Thank you and congratulations to all who participated in supporting this bill!

3 Responses to Illinois Bill to Expand Use of Antique Vehicles Signed Into Law

  1. Ron Melancon says:

    In Virginia they allow a crappy car to have an ANTIQUE TAG….and they don’t even pay a registration fee!!!!! and never get inspected!!!

  2. kari says:

    went to the DMV to change my plate, Dupage Co. Lombard (they could not be more rude) Was told they know nothing about this. The plates are not even close to being made. “Just because a law was passed does not mean anything”. Our tax dollars at work . . . ugh!!!!!

    • Ed says:

      I just went to the Elston facility and the lady told me about this. I’m holding off till April 1st to plate the car because thats when the plates become available..

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