Arizona Signs into Law Bill to Protect Restorers from Prosecution

Victory in Arizona! Governor Doug Ducey signed into law SAN-supported legislation (H.B. 2480) to allow full restoration of pre-1981 vehicles, including temporary removal of the vehicle identification number (VIN) when necessary. Existing law will change to allow for the removal and reinstallation of a VIN if the vehicle was manufactured before 1981 and if the removal and reinstallation is reasonably necessary for repair or restoration. The new law allows enthusiasts to protect their right to thoroughly restore a vehicle into an award-winning condition without fear of being prosecuted for tampering with a VIN.

Prior to the new law, enthusiasts who intentionally removed or altered a VIN, regardless of reason or vehicle model year, were guilty of a felony. Additionally, the new law recognizes that the collection and restoration of historic and classic cars is an important part of preserving the technological achievements and cultural heritage of the United States. It will go into effect July 22nd.

Special thanks to those who supported this effort—congratulations!