Senate Passes Illinois Bill to Expand Use of Antique Vehicles; Sent to Governor for Approval

Legislation (H.B. 3256) to provide for an expanded-use antique vehicle registration class that would allow antique vehicles and replicas to be driven without limitation during the warmer part of the year (April 1 through October 31) was approved by the full Illinois Senate.   The bill has already been passed by the full Illinois House of Representatives and will now be sent to the governor for his signature and enactment into law.  Under the bill, expanded-use antiques are limited to traveling to and from car shows, exhibitions, servicing or demonstration during the colder months (November 1 through March 31).  Regular antique vehicle registration would still be available for a lower fee to hobbyists who would prefer only operating their vehicle on a limited-use basis throughout the year.        

We Urge You to Contact Illinois Governor Pat Quinn (Contact Info Below) Immediately to Urge His Support of H.B. 3256

  • H.B. 3256 provides for an expanded-use antique registration plate at an annual fee of $45.  The limited-use antique plate (travel to and from car shows, exhibitions, for servicing or demonstration) would remain 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.
  • H.B. 3256 will provide Illinois citizens the opportunity to enjoy unlimited spring and summer time use of their antique vehicles.  
  • H.B. 3256 creates additional use options for antique owners willing to pay increased fees for selected vehicles.  
  • In Illinois, an antique vehicle is defined 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.

DON’T DELAY!  Please contact Governor Pat Quinn immediately by phone, fax or email to request his support of H.B. 3256.  Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at  Thank you for your assistance.

Illinois Governor

Governor Pat Quinn
Phone: 217/782-0244 or 888/261-3336
Fax: 217/524-4049