Legislation (H.B. 5897) introduced in the Michigan legislature threatens to change the $30 registration fee for historic motor vehicles (renewable every ten years) to an annual fee. Under current Michigan law, the owner of an historic vehicle may also choose to use restored authentic Michigan plates from the same year as the vehicle’s model year for a one-time fee of $35. H.B. 5897 would increase that one-time fee as well, to an annual registration fee of $30. Under the bill, each of the registrations would come up for renewal every year on the vehicle owner’s birthday.
We Urge You to Contact Members of the Michigan House Transportation Committee (List Below) Immediately to Request Their Opposition to H.B. 5897.
- Currently, the owner of an historic vehicle applying for an historic registration pays a $30 fee which is valid for ten (10) years.
- Currently, the owner of an historic vehicle applying to use an authentic restored Michigan registration plate pays a “one-time” $35 fee which is valid until the owner sells, transfers, or scraps the vehicle or modifies the vehicle in a manner that requires the issuance of a new title.
- H.B. 5897 ignores the fact that these older cars are infrequently driven (about one-third the miles each year as a new vehicle) second or third vehicles and deserving of reduced registration fees.
- H.B. 5897 ignores the fact that many historic vehicles are owned and maintained by low and fixed income Americans who are less able to afford a higher, annual fee.
DON’T DELAY! Please contact members of the Michigan House Transportation Committee immediately by e-mail to request their opposition to H.B. 5897. Please e-mail a copy of your letter to Steve McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your assistance.
Michigan House Transportation Committee
Representative Pam Byrnes - Chair
Representative Andrew Kandrevas - Majority Vice Chair
Representative Paul Opsommer - Minority Vice Chair
Representative Marie Donigan
Representative Douglas Geiss
Representative Martin Griffin
Representative Harold Haugh
Representative Gabe Leland
Representative Judy Nerat
Representative Roy Schmidt
Representative Coleman Young II
Representative James Bolger
Representative Larry DeShazor
Representative Marty Knollenberg
Representative Tom Pearce
Representative Wayne Schmidt
Representative Paul Scott