Bill to Expand Use of Antique Vehicles Signed Into Illinois Law

Aug 17, 2011

SEMA announced that Legislation H.B. 3256, an Illinois bill that expands the use of antique vehicles, was signed into law on Tuesday by Governor Pat Quinn.

Under the new law, antique vehicles and replicas will be able to be driven without limitation during the warmer months of the year (April 1-Oct. 31).

During the time period of Nov. 1-March 31, expanded-use antiques are limited to traveling to and from car shows, exhibitions, servicing or demonstration.

The new law will go into effect on Jan. 1, 2012. The state of Illinois defines an antique vehicle as “a motor vehicle that is more than 25 years of age, a bonafide replica or a fire-fighting vehicle more than 20 years old which is not used as fire-fighting equipment,” according to SEMA.

The expanded-use antique registration plate will cost $45 annually, while the limited-use antique plate is available at a fee of $13 for a two-year registration.

A standard registration plate, with no use limitations, is available for an annual $98 registration fee.

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