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Maryland has process, restrictions for obtaining historic registration, tags for vehicle

March 24, 2013

What are the regulations in Maryland for obtaining historic tags for your car or truck? Once you get the historic registration, are there restrictions for how you are allowed to use the vehicle?

The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration website at www.mva.maryland.gov provides the following information about historic registration:

To qualify for historic registration, your vehicle must not have been substantially altered, remodeled or remanufactured from its original design; must be a passenger vehicle, motorcycle or truck (with a gross vehicle weight rating of 10,000 pounds or less); and be at least 20 calendar years old.

“The vehicle owner will certify the vehicle will be maintained for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours, occasional transportation and similar uses. The vehicle owner further certifies the vehicle will not be used for general daily transportation or primarily for the transportation of passengers or property on highways,” the website states.

To obtain the registration, the owner must fill out the application for a historic or street rod registration (Form VR-096).

A historic registration may also be issued to a truck with a gross vehicle weight rating of more than 10,000 pounds, tractor or motor home as long as the vehicle is 25 calendar years old or older. The vehicle cannot be substantially altered, remodeled or remanufactured from its original design.

Vehicles issued historic tags under these criteria may not be used for occasional transportation or for any commercial transportation of passengers or property on highways. The vehicle may only be used in exhibitions, club activities, parades, tours and similar uses.

A historic vehicle in this category must be insured by a historic vehicle, show vehicle or antique vehicle insurance policy. Owners need to fill out the application for a historic or street rod registration (Form VR-096).  

— Compiled by C.J. Lovelace

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