Kansas Signs into Law Bill to Protect Restorers from Prosecution

Kansas, we were heard! Governor Laura Kelly signed into law SAN-supported legislation (H.B. 2594) to allow full restoration of Antique 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 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 and the vehicle was subject to seizure and destruction by law enforcement. 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 upon publication in the Kansas Register.

Special thanks to Representative Leo Delperdang for sponsoring this bill and to those who supported this effort—congratulations!