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14 hours ago, vermontboy said:

 NYS allows the use of old plates - they must be approved. They cannot be restored, repainted, etc. They must be originals - not sure about other states but it is a state by state issue.

 

Same in Oregon.

The trick is to get them approved then get them restored.

NO repros though.

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16 hours ago, Bloo said:

 

Washington State doesn't allow repros.. The plate can be restored, but has to be real.

But is there anyone in your local DMV that would have a clue as to what was real and what was a repro?  Of course real is always better, but nobody in my town would know the difference.

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1 hour ago, 39BuickEight said:

But is there anyone in your local DMV that would have a clue as to what was real and what was a repro?

 

If they didn't they would probably just send you packing. Would a good repro fool them? Maybe. I have yet to see any repro plate for WA offered on the web that would fool me.

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1 hour ago, 39BuickEight said:

But is there anyone in your local DMV that would have a clue as to what was real and what was a repro?  Of course real is always better, but nobody in my town would know the difference.

 

In Florida, it's the State DMV that must approve the authenticity of the plate.  The local DMV has nothing to do with it. 

 

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Grog

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There are pluses and minuses to living in KY.  It’s easier for both honest and dishonest people to get titles/registration/plates.

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2 hours ago, 39BuickEight said:

But is there anyone in your local DMV that would have a clue as to what was real and what was a repro?  Of course real is always better, but nobody in my town would know the difference.

 Judging by the lack of any shiny, rust free year of manufacture plates on old cars around here I would say the answer is yes. Remember - it is illegal to restore or repaint them - can you tell new paint??

 

There is little point in creating an adversarial relationship with the DMV (or the local police department) because they can make life very  difficult for you.

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13 hours ago, vermontboy said:

 Judging by the lack of any shiny, rust free year of manufacture plates on old cars around here I would say the answer is yes. Remember - it is illegal to restore or repaint them - can you tell new paint??

 

There is little point in creating an adversarial relationship with the DMV (or the local police department) because they can make life very  difficult for you.

Authentic plates that are restored can easily be confused with reproduction plates when examined by everyday folks.  Some locales allow real plates that are restored.  In KY reproduction plates are allowed as well. 

 

It goes without saying following the rules is the way to go.  That’s the best part of this site.  Most all members want to do the right thing.  We love our cars.  

 

When you have 50 states (and here 120 counties on top of that that employ hundreds of people that do things depending on their mood) there will always be interesting discussion of the local rules and regulations.  I deal with vehicle registrations everyday in my work, and it’s amazing how different people, even in the same state, process paperwork.

 

Sorry for the tangent—Back to the original topic....I hope we haven’t strayed too far.

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I've registered cars with restored original, as well as original plates it Washington. The gal that I like to use is very knowledgeable. A quick glance is all that has ever been needed. Several of my cars have their original, unrestored plates plates on them, and registered as original year of manufacture. Some of these original plates  would never be confused for restored, but they were able to pass muster.

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7 hours ago, capngrog said:

 

In Florida, it's the State DMV that must approve the authenticity of the plate.  The local DMV has nothing to do with it. 

 

Cheers,

Grog

same in ny

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Years ago I had a 53 Bentley. I had a 53 YOM plate assigned to it.

I found a place on the net that would make a British themed plate with any number you wanted on it.

I had one made that matched my YOM, had my sign maker do a little upgrading and put it on the Bentley.

No one ever questioned me.

The 'F indicates farm use. What an outlaw !!

 

The Bentley went to Germany, I kept the plates.

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I bought a real 1957 NC tag and restored it for the rear bumper of my 57 Ranchero.

Then I bought a reproduction in the Internet for $16.50.  It's a flat aluminum plate that looks like a 57 NC tag but says RANCHERO instead of a number.  It's just for identification on the front bumper and I think it;s a good identification for the car/truck in a clever format, not for official use.

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2 hours ago, Paul Dobbin said:

I bought a real 1957 NC tag and restored it for the rear bumper of my 57 Ranchero.

 

Did you submit the tag to the State for registration?

 

Cheers,

Grog

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1 hour ago, capngrog said:

 

Did you submit the tag to the State for registration?

 

Cheers,

Grog

NC does not require submission of a YOM tag for registration. If you use a YOM tag you are required to carry a current tag (with current sticker) in the car and show  it when requested. Also, NC does not require front tags. The AACA regions in NC have had good friends in our state legislators for several years, and we are thankful.

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23 hours ago, capngrog said:

 

Did you submit the tag to the State for registration?

 

Cheers,

Grog

No, both Florida and North Carolina don't use front tags. (My two home states) It's just decoration!   I always tell new folks to look at the font licence tag to determine the year of the vehicle when starting a conversation with the cars owner.  You'll sound more informed that way and get more out of the discussion with the owner.

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here in delaware, you can legally purchase a new, privately manufactured black porcelain license plate. there are however, a few restrictions. the guy won't make you one unless it would have been an issued number from back in the day when the state issued this type of tag. it cannot have any letters in it, and the number must be 5 digits, and below 88,000.

 

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