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Are vitage tags legal in NE and or IA??

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by IOWA, Jul 14, 2004.

  1. IOWA
    Joined: Sep 6, 2001
    Posts: 5


    Does anybody know if "vintage" license plates are registerable with that same year vehicle? I.E. If I have a set of 1955 plates from that state, can I register my '55 with that set of 1955 license plates? Does either the state of Nebraska or Iowa allow this? I heard they did.
  2. 53Chebby
    Joined: Nov 2, 2001
    Posts: 195


    Here in Iowa vintage tags aren't legal, but a lot of guys will run them to shows and parades and that type of thing. I also know guys that run them on the fronts, but have the new plates on the back. I don't know about Nebraska so maybe one of them can speak on that.
  3. Slag Kustom
    Joined: May 10, 2004
    Posts: 4,315

    Slag Kustom

    any time i have used vintage plates i will get vanity plates with the vintage plate # on it. i have been pulled over and non of the cops ever said a word to me
  4. I think in Iowa you can get historical plates with the same number but I also thought they were working to allow use of those vintage plates.
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  5. I don't think you can legally run vintage plates in Iowa.I was stopped by a state trooper a couple of years ago for that very reason(I was also doing 75 in a 55 zone).He questioned my use of the 55 Michigan tag on my Safari.
    I am pretty familiar with the law and explained it to him to his satisfaction.He wrote me a warning for the speeding and suggested I get my speedometer checked when I got back to Michigan!Nice guy!
  6. I re-read I did not explain very good. In Iowa you can get a "historical"(maybe called antique now) plate for anything 20 years and older. You are suppose to be able to get it vanity(personalized) plates in these historical plates. Therefore it would look similar to the vintage plates.
    I do know a couple of years ago the local DMV was saying that state was investigating using plates as long as they were the same year as the car. Not sure it every went anywhere.

    As far as state trooper you had to be on eastern side of Iowa. West of Des Moines they are not so plesant.
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    As far as state trooper you had to be on eastern side of Iowa. West of Des Moines they are not so plesant.

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  8. Kurt
    Joined: Nov 18, 2003
    Posts: 694


    I just read the auto laws online about plates. If it is a parade type car only you can register the same year plates as the car. Over 20 years if i remember you can run the same year on the front only for full time use, but you must carry the front plate in the car with you at all times.
  9. Rocky
    Joined: Mar 3, 2001
    Posts: 13,661

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    In Nebraska you can run either Historical plates or same-year plates. If you choose same-year plates, they have to be sent to the DMV palace in Lincoln so the license plate nazis can look 'em over and pass judgement on them. If they like them, you can slap them on your car but ya gotta pay licensing fees every year on them.
    However, if you chose to buy Nebraska historical plates, it's a sweet deal for only $62.50 [last time I did it] for a lifetime registration. Never have to pay another red cent to have legal license plates on the car. You can sell the car and take your historical plates with you....have them assigned to your new hot rod for a measly $25.
    Catch is, you're only supposed to drive the historical plated car to club events, parades, to the shop for work etc etc...Good news is, the law is un-enforceable. I'm always on my way to a parade or some shit...
    Other Good news is, you only have to run a rear plate when using either same-year or historical plates...but the car or truck hasta be 30 years old to qualify..
    Bad news is, the local po-leece don't know about the rear-plate-only law. You gotta carry a scanned copy of the law in your wallet to show their dumb asses or they'll write you a ticket for having no front plate.
    All in all, the historical plate is the good deal but they're really plain looking with only a number and no letters...
  10. In Iowa it is legal to run year-of-make plates on cars older than 25 years old, provided the car is used for exhibition purposes and is legally registered in the state. Technically the vintage plates are only to be on the car when it's on the road if you're driving to/from a show/parade/etc or maintenance shop, although we have not been stopped for having the vintage plates on while driving around town or elsewhere for other purposes.

    Here is the applicable IA code:

    The full Iowa motor vehicle code can be found here:
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    Rocky ,anywhere you go it's a parade!!
  12. IOWA
    Joined: Sep 6, 2001
    Posts: 5


    Thanks for the info guys. I love this board. Always solid info and some great ideas for the price of a simple question.
    It's time (actually past time) the re-up the '55. Looks like I'll be keeping it in Omaha and just get the little sticker. I liked Slag Kustoms idea though. Better than sending the plates to the Licence Nazis.
    Love, Iowa (somebody's got to)

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