Antique license plate question


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I just registered the 87 suburban and got the "EA" plates. Same rules as a regular "AV" plate but no mileage restriction. I have the original California plates that came on the burban in the 80's. Was wondering if anyone knew the specifics of using those plates on the truck.

I know you can run period correct plates on antique vehicles, I just don't know if you need to have anything else besides having the real, current Illinois plates in the car with you.
 

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I'd run them and keep the new plates in the truck. That's the rule with running vintage IL plates.

Chances are a cop will never pull you over anyways :rofl:
 

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From the people I know who run vintage plates from the 60's and 70's, they haven't gotten any hassle other than being advised to keep the current IL plates/registration in the car.

My dad ran early 80's plates on his Monte and was fine as well.
 

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Let me Google that for you!

Expanded-Use Antique License Plates

Expanded-Use Antique License Plates have a staggered expiration and are annual plates. To qualify for Expanded-Use Antique Plates, motor vehicles, including motorcycles, must be more than 25 years old. Firefighting vehicles must be at least 20 years old.

Vehicles displaying these plates during the months of January-March and November-December may only be driven to and from an antique auto show or exhibition, service station or demonstration.

Vehicles displaying these plates during the months of April-October may be driven on the highways without being subject to the restrictions of a standard antique vehicle plate.

The mechanical and physical condition of the vehicle, including brakes, lights, glass and appearance, must be the same or as safe as originally equipped. An antique vehicle may be a "bona fide replica" - an exact copy of the original in design, frame and mechanical operation. "Facsimiles" - close, but not exact, reproductions of the original -do not qualify for Expanded-Use Antique Vehicle plates.
 

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ahh, so those are $51 annually renewed vs the AV plates, be a 4-year plate?
 

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I got EA's because I drive a lot and didn't want to bother with making up some story if I ever did get pulled over. Plus, the fact that they now have EA plates makes me think they might start paying attention to people with regular antique plates. :dunno:

Still half the price of regular plates. I also drove it in the winter a few times without ossue
 

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You can run old il plates, like from the year of the vehicle. Most of the time people use random old plates, the DMV runs the plates, and if not in use register them to the vehicle. I've also seen repro old plates used. Don't know if that's legal or not.
 
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I've got Cali plates that were on the truck in the late 80's-early 90's. They have registration stickers on them all the way to 2007, so I'm going to peel those off and leave it with no sticker and keep the plates in the truck. If I get pulled over and someone says change it I will. What's the worst that can happen lol?
 

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Bumping an old thread because my question probably isn't worthy of a new one.

Has anyone changed from standard passenger car plates to Expanded Antique? Do I have to go to the DMV for this, or can it be done at a currency exchange? Paying $151 per car each year for multiple cars is getting old fast lol.
 

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sub'ing, if I ever get the nova on the road I'd go this route, still paying 151 a year on plates for a car that hasn't moved in 7 years.
 

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Bumping an old thread because my question probably isn't worthy of a new one.

Has anyone changed from standard passenger car plates to Expanded Antique? Do I have to go to the DMV for this, or can it be done at a currency exchange? Paying $151 per car each year for multiple cars is getting old fast lol.
I would just go to the dmv. I have antique plates on my vette and they give u the plates right on the spot. It’s a real easy process
 

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Interesting. I didn't know you could do this in IL. I bought a minty '86 Indiana plate with an '87 expiration sticker in case I felt like dropping my "Quick 86" plate. I think the new covered bridge plates are ugly AF anyway. For $10 I thought that was a steal considering how rare of a find it is. It's wild how specific the rules are here, but I've been told that 99% of the Indiana cops have no idea about those rules anyway. You'll only have to worry about being harassed in other states.
 

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sub'ing, if I ever get the nova on the road I'd go this route, still paying 151 a year on plates for a car that hasn't moved in 7 years.
Probably the dumbest thing I’ve seen today :rofl:
 

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sub'ing, if I ever get the nova on the road I'd go this route, still paying 151 a year on plates for a car that hasn't moved in 7 years.
Yea seriously why not let the plate go.
 

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sub'ing, if I ever get the nova on the road I'd go this route, still paying 151 a year on plates for a car that hasn't moved in 7 years.
Is it a custom plate you don’t want to lose?
otherwise…

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I let plates go all the time lol. Hell I didn’t renew three of my trailer plates for 2020 and just banked on cops not pulling me over because of the ‘rona. Waited 13 months and a day, took the titles to the DMV and got new plates with 4-22 exp. saved myself a few hundred bucks lol
 

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