MAD MAX'S AUTHENTIC PLATES
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MAD MAX'S AUTHENTIC PLATES SELLS LICENSE PLATES AND OTHER ITEMS. WE ARE IN NO WAY AFFILIATED WITH THE MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE, NOR ARE WE RESPONSIBLE IN ANY WAY FOR THE RULES OR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE AUTHENTIC REGISTRATION PROGRAM. WE MAKE NO WARRANTY EXPRESSED OR IMPLIED THAT ANY OF OUR GOODS ARE FIT FOR ANY SPECIFIC PURPOSE. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO DO THE RESEARCH NECESSARY AND/OR CONTACT YOUR LOCAL MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATES OFFICE TO BE SURE THAT WHAT YOU ARE PURCHASING IS ADEQUATE FOR YOUR INTENDED PURPOSE. BY PURCHASING ITEMS FROM MAD MAX'S AUTHENTIC PLATES YOU AGREE TO HOLD MAD MAX'S AUTHENTIC PLATES HARMLESS FOR ANY PROBLEMS YOU MAY ENCOUNTER REGISTERING YOUR LICENSE PLATES WITH THE MICHIGAN SECRETARY OF STATE.
License Plates for Michigan’s Historical Vehicles
Michigan, the automobile capital of the world, has many residents who collect and restore antique vehicles. Since 1956, the state has offered a special, inexpensive vehicle registration for older vehicles that are operated on the road only occasionally.
Many antique cars, trucks, and motorcycles qualify for special registration as Michigan historical vehicles. A qualifying vehicle may be registered with the Michigan Secretary of State either with a Michigan historical vehicle plate, or an actual Michigan license plate the same year as the historic vehicle’s model year.
To qualify for a historical or authentic license plate, vehicle must be:
• 26 or more years old -- based on vehicle model year subtracted from current calendar year
• Owned solely as a collector’s item
• Used only for events such as historical club activities, parades, and car shows.
Note: A vehicle registered with a historical plate or authentic historic plate cannot be used for routine transportation.
Authentic License Plates
Michigan also allows residents to register their antique vehicle with a same-year general use Michigan license plate. Reproduction or remanufactured plates are not allowed. The plate must display the correct colors for the plate year.
For 1984 and later model year vehicles, blue plates with white letters were issued from 1984 through 2006. These plates may be used to apply for an authentic license plate registration if the plate displays an authentic Michigan year tab corresponding to the model year of the antique vehicle. The only exception is for the 1984 blue plate because tabs were not issued until 1985.
The authentic plate registration fee is $35. Authentic plate registrations are valid until the vehicle is sold, transferred, scrapped, or modified. Authentic license plates must be registered by mail and are not handled by Secretary of State offices. To obtain a registration, provide all of the following documents with your application:
(a) A color photograph, a color scan, or a color photocopy of the license plate (passenger, commercial, trailer, or motorcycle). Do not mail the original plate. Personalized, government, law enforcement, manufacturer, dealer, intransit repair, disability, and special purpose license plates cannot be used as authentic license plates. If in doubt, check with the department before purchasing a license plate.
(b) Proof of ownership, preferably a copy of the title.
(c) Proof of Michigan no-fault insurance.
(d) $35 fee (make checks or money orders payable to "State of Michigan").
(e) The completed application
You will receive a new registration within two weeks.
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