Iowa Introduces Bill to Allow Sale of New “YOM”-Inspired Plates for Antique Vehicles

DON’T DELAY! Please contact the House Transportation Committee to request support for H.F. 2007:

You may use the following points in your message:

  • H.F. 2007 requires that newly-created license plates inspired by vintage offerings be produced for use on antique vehicles.
  • H.F. 2007 brings a retro look to modern license plates by allowing consumers to choose plates that mirror the plates issued in the model year of their antique vehicle.
  • H.F. 2007 recognizes the growing interest of vehicle owners in vintage-style options and offers a desirable alternative that allows antique vehicles to be personalized further.
  • H.F. 2007 gives antique owners a risk-free way to acquire plates that match the vintage of their vehicles.
  • H.F. 2007 brings Iowa in line with other states seeking to reward automotive enthusiasts and expand opportunities for these prized vehicles to be enjoyed.

Overview: Iowa introduced SAN-supported legislation (H.F. 2007) to allow the state to issue newly-created license plates inspired by vintage “year of manufacture” (YOM) offerings made available for vehicles registered as antique, including those with “limited use” plates. Antique vehicles must be at least 25 years old to qualify. The new plates would be designed by the DOT to mirror plates from the past and cost an additional $50 initially and a subsequent annual $10 fee on top of annual registration fees. However, owners of a “limited use” antique vehicle displaying antique plates would not also need to purchase an additional “limited use” plate. Current law only allows vintage YOM plates in original condition with DMV approval. The bill currently awaits consideration in the House Transportation Committee.