There are three kinds of historic vehicle or trailer registrations (license plates):


Vehicles

To qualify for historic vehicle registration, a motor vehicle (passenger vehicle, truck, motorcycle, or RV) must:

  1. Be 25 years old or older;
  2. Owned solely as a collector’s item; and
  3. Used for exhibition and educational purposes.

Click here if the vehicle is not already titled in your name in Missouri.

A vehicle that is registered as a historic vehicle may be driven:

  1. To and from exhibitions and educational events without any mileage limitation;
  2. To repair facilities within a 100 mile limit; and
  3. 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 remove the plates from the vehicle at that time. See below for special guidelines for relinquishment of Year of Manufacture license plates.


Trailers

To qualify for historic trailer registration, the trailer must be 25 years old or older and meet one of the following descriptions:

  • Camping Trailer:
    A vehicle mounted on wheels and constructed with collapsible partial side walls that fold for towing by another vehicle and unfold at the campsite to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping or travel use; or
  • Fifth-wheel Trailer:  
    A vehicle, mounted on wheels, designed to provide temporary living quarters for recreational, camping or travel use, of such size or weight as to not require a special highway movement permit, of gross trailer area not to exceed four hundred square feet (37.2m2) in the set-up mode, and designed to be towed by a motorized vehicle that contains a towing mechanism that is mounted above or forward of the tow vehicle's rear axle.

A historic registration is a permanent registration and cannot be transferred. If you sell or dispose of the trailer, you must remove the plate(s) from the unit at that time. See below for special guidelines for relinquishment of Year of Manufacture license plates.


Historic License Plates

To apply for Historic License Plates, you must submit the following items to our central office in Jefferson City:

  1. A completed Application for Missouri Historic or Personalized Historic License Plates (Form 570);
  2. An original or copy of your paid personal property tax receipt or statement of non-assessment from your county of residence (or city of St. Louis) for the previous year;
  3. An original or copy of your current insurance identification card or other proof of financial responsibility;
  4. A copy of the title or registration receipt;
  5. A one-time registration fee of $25.25 (vehicle) or $52.50 (trailer); and
  6. A $3.50 processing fee.

Personalized Historic License Plates (excludes trailers)

To apply for Personalized Historic License Plates, you must submit the following items to our central office in Jefferson City:

  1. A completed Application for Missouri Historic or Personalized Historic License Plates (Form 570);
  2. An original or copy of your paid personal property tax receipt or statement of non-assessment from your county of residence (or city of St. Louis) for the previous year;
  3. An original or copy of your current insurance identification card or other proof of financial responsibility;
  4. A copy of the vehicle's title or registration receipt;
  5. A one-time registration fee of $25.25;
  6. A $15 personalized plate fee; and
  7. A $3.50 processing fee.

Be sure to mark the "Personalized Historic" box on the Form 570 and enter your configuration choices. You may submit up to six choices. Click here to check the availability of your chosen plate configurations before you submit the form. Currently, historic plates cannot be reserved online. Personalized Historic License Plates expire (annual or biennial), and both the annual $15 personalized plate fee and annual $3.50 processing fee are charged at the time of renewal.

Year of Manufacture License Plates

The owner of any historic vehicle or trailer 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 or trailer may register such plate as a Year of Manufacture historic license plate as set forth in section 301.131, RSMo, provided the plate configuration does not conflict with the current numbering system. If you already have an old Missouri license plate (or set), you may e-mail the plate configuration to mvbmail@dor.mo.gov and ask our staff to verify if it is available as a Year of Manufacture registration.

To apply for Year of Manufacture license plates, you must submit the following items to our central office in Jefferson City:

  1. A completed Application for Missouri Historic or Personalized Historic License Plates (Form 570);
  2. A picture of the license plate you wish to use for the Year of Manufacture registration;
  3. An original or copy of your paid personal property tax receipt or statement of non-assessment from your county of residence (or city of St. Louis) for the previous year;
  4. An original or copy of your current insurance identification card or other proof of financial responsibility;
  5. A copy of the title or registration receipt;
  6. A one-time registration fee of $25.25 (vehicle) or $52.50 (trailer);
  7. A $3.50 processing fee.

Be sure to mark the "Year of Manufacture" box on the Form 570.

When selling a historic vehicle or trailer with a Year of Manufacture registration, the new owner may use the Year of Manufacture license plate(s) on the vehicle or trailer if the previous owner provides a relinquishment letter, and standard Year of Manufacture requirements (above) 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.

If you have additional questions about historic vehicle or trailer registration, you may send an e-mail to mvbmail@dor.mo.gov.