Historic License Plates
There are three kinds of historic vehicle registrations:
- Historic license plates;
- Personalized Historic license plates; and
- Year of Manufacture license plates.
To qualify for historic vehicle registration, a vehicle (passenger vehicle, truck, or motorcycle) must be 25 years old or older, owned solely as a collector’s item, and used for exhibition and educational purposes.
A vehicle registered as a historic vehicle may be driven:
- To and from exhibitions and educational events without any mileage limitation;
- To repair facilities within a 100 mile limit; and
- Up to 1,000 miles per year for personal use.
The owner is responsible for keeping a log of the miles driven for personal use each calendar year. The log must be kept in the vehicle when the vehicle is being driven on any state road.
Historic vehicle registration is a permanent registration and cannot be transferred. If you sell or dispose of the vehicle, you must return the plates to the Missouri Department of Revenue.
You may apply for historic vehicle registration by mail or in person at the Central Office in Jefferson City.
NOTE: If the vehicle is not titled in your name in Missouri, you must complete, sign, and submit an Application for Missouri Title and License (Form 108) with the properly assigned title. The titling fees include an $8.50 title fee, 4.225% state sales/use tax, local taxes (if applicable), $2.50 processing fee, and any title penalty due if application for title is not made within 30 days from the date of purchase. Check our online Sales Tax Calculator to estimate your taxes.
How to Apply for Historic License Plates:
You will need to complete, sign, and submit an Application for Missouri Historic or Personalized Historic License Plates (Form 570), with the following documents and fee:
- A paid personal property tax receipt (original or copy) or a statement of non-assessment from your county of residence (or city of St. Louis) for the previous year;
- A current insurance identification card (original or copy) or other proof of financial responsibility;
- A copy of the vehicle's title or registration receipt;
- A registration fee of $25.25 (this is a one-time fee for regular historic plates); and
- A $3.50 processing fee.
Personalized Historic License Plates
You may apply for personalized historic license plates for an additional $15 fee. Simply check the appropriate box on the application form and enter your configuration choices. You may submit six choices. Personalized historic license plates expire each year, and an annual $15 personalized plate fee is charged.
To check the availability of your chosen plate configurations before you submit the form, send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Year of Manufacture License Plates
The owner of any historic vehicle possessing a license plate issued by the state of Missouri that is over 25 years old in which the year of issuance of such plate is consistent with the model year of the vehicle may register such plate as a "Year of Manufacture" historic vehicle plate as set forth in section 301.131, RSMo, provided the plate configuration does not conflict with the current numbering system. If you are in possession of a plate that is consistent with the model year of the vehicle, please submit a picture of the plate with the application and requirements one through five above (the $25.25 registration fee is a one-time fee for Year of Manufacture license plates).
If you already have an old Missouri license plate (or set), you may e-mail the plate configuration to email@example.com and ask our staff to verify if it is available as a Year of Manufacture registration.
When selling a historic vehicle with a Year of Manufacture registration, the new owner may use the Year of Manufacture license plate(s) on the vehicle if the previous owner provides a relinquishment letter, and standard Year of Manufacture requirements are met. There is no limit to the number of times the plate may be re-used as long as a notarized relinquishment letter is provided.