New Hampshire Bill to Expand Year-of-Manufacture Plates Signed Into Law

Legislation (H.B. 1183) to expand the range of vehicles eligible to use original year-of-manufacture license plates on antique motor vehicles was signed into law by Governor Maggie Hassan.  Under previous law, only 1960 and earlier model year antique vehicles were eligible to use these plates.  Under the new law, eligibility would be expanded to include all 1975 and earlier model years.  However, the number on the antique plate must not be in use on another motor vehicle, motorcycle or trailer.

In New Hampshire, an antique motor vehicle or motorcycle is “any motor vehicle over 25 years old which is maintained for use in exhibitions, club activities, parades and other functions of public interest.”  To use year-of manufacture plates, the registration plate matching the registration certificate must be carried within the vehicle.  Antique motor vehicles bearing a registration plate with the year of manufacture must also carry, within it, a valid antique motor vehicle registration certificate and permit. 

Thank you to those who participated in supporting this bill!