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Ask a trooper: Shedding light on license plates for vintage vehicles

Q: I have questions about registering a car I'm in the process of restoring (early 1970s vintage) with an original Minnesota license plate from the same year as the car was made.

Q: I have questions about registering a car Iโ€™m in the process of restoring (early 1970s vintage) with an original Minnesota license plate from the same year as the car was made.
Q1: Does the original license plate have to be one that was issued to that vehicle or can it be another prior issued plate that is in good, legible condition and no longer showing to be in use?
A1: The original plate must be in good condition and cannot be repainted or restored. It can be another plate, as long as the plate is the same year as the vehicle you are registering.
Q2: Does the original license plate have to be one indicated for personal registration or can the original year plate be a dealer or a new vehicle in-transit original plate showing the year of vehicle manufacture?
A2: The original plate has to be of a type originally issued to the type of vehicle (e.g. passenger plate) and not dealer plates or in-transit plates.
Q3: What determines if an original license plate conflicts with a license plate series currently in use or reserved for use by the Department of Public Safety?
A3: Plates that are all numbers are reserved for collector and tax-exempt categories. You may contact Driver and Vehicle Services with the plate number to see if it would conflict with a series that is in use or reserved for future use.
Q4: Do I have to display the original license plate on both the front and rear of the vehicle?
A4: If the vehicle is 1972 or older or registered in the collector class, the owner has the option of displaying just one plate on the rear of the vehicle.

Sgt. Neil Dickenson is a public information officer with the Minnesota State Patrol.

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