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Historical Vehicle Criteria

Customers wishing to declare their vehicle Historical, will first need to meet the following historical vehical designation criteria:

F(I) historic motor vehicle "means any motor vehicle whose manufacturer's model year is at least 25 years old or any motor vehicle which is at least 15 years old and is a make of motor vehicle no longer manufactured; provided, that the motor vehicle has been or is being restored, preserved, or maintained as an exhibition or collector's item because of its special historical value or significance, has not been substantially altered or modified from the manufacturer's original specifications and is used on the public highways for the transportation of passengers or property for occasional pleasure driving or in conjunction with exhibitions, expositions, parades, tours, club activities, or similar activities or events, including transportation directly to or from such activities or events, not exceeding a total driving mileage under all conditions of 1,000 miles annually, but in no event used for general transportation."         

F(II) historic motor vehicle "means any motor vehicle whose manufacturer's model year is at least 25 years old or any motor which is at least 15 years old and is a make of motor vehicle no longer manufactured; provided, that the motor vehicle has been or is being restored, preserved or maintained as an exhibition or collector's item because of its special historical value or significance, has not been substantially altered or modified from the manufacturer's original specifications and is used on the public highways for the transportation of passengers or property in conjunction with exhibitions, expositions, parades, tours, club activities, or similar activities or events, including transportation directly to or from such activities or events, but in no event used for general transportation."

No historic motor vehicle shall be required to achieve or comply with any equipment, material, or design standard which it was not legally required to achieve when it was manufactured.

No historic motor vehicle shall be required to achieve or comply with any performance standard with which it was not legally required to achieve or comply when it was manufactured. Performance standards shall include, but not be limited to, standards or requirements for exhaust and noise emissions and for fuel usage.

If the vehicle has a current Pass Sticker, the customer can declare the vehicle Historical without it having to be inspected. A copy of the pass Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) will be stamped historic and issued to the customer. 

Customers may then then proceed to a DMV Service Center and register the vehicle, which will not require another inspection.

If the vehicle does not have a current Pass Sticker, it will have to be inspected. Once the vehicle passes inspection, the customer will be issued a Pass Sticker and the pass Vehicle Inspection Report (VIR) will be stamped historic and issued to the customer, who may then proceed to a DMV Service Center and register the vehicle, which will not require another inspection.

Historical vehicles with the F(I) designation will receive a two year sticker and return to the Inspection Station every two years to have the vehicle mileage verified and updated in the system.

Historical vehicles with the F(II) designation will receive a non-expiring sticker.