Washington Bill to Restrict Access to Collector License Plates Amended and Approved by House Transportation Committee

Legislation (H.B. 1933) that originally sought to increase the age requirement for vehicles eligible for registration as “collector vehicles” was amended and approved by the Washington House Transportation Committee.  Under the amended bill, vehicles seeking registration as collector vehicles and the one-time registration fee would still only be required to be at least 30 years old – not 40 years old as the original bill required.  The bill also deletes provisions that would have created penalties for violating the limited-use provisions.  However, the measure still requires the Department of Licensing to establish a method for law enforcement to readily access collector vehicle information using the collector vehicle’s plate number, which will aid in ensuring a plate is being used on its properly assigned vehicle.

We believe these amendments to be a substantial victory for the collector car hobby in Washington State.  Congratulations to all who participated in this effort by calling and e-mailing committee members.