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Is Your Car a Classic or Historic?

What kind of car do you have – “historic” or “classic”?

1960 Chevy El Camino
1960 Chevy El Camino
1940s Wolseley
1940s Wolseley

You’ve owned it forever or you’re eyeing it online or at a car show — one of the great muscle cars of the 60s and 70s or a real vintage beauty from the 40s.The State of Arizona MVD has 3 classic and historic specialty license plates, each for a different type of vehicle.

AZ Classic car lic. plateAZ Historic Vehicle lic. plateAZ Horseless Carriage tag

To qualify as a “Classic Car,” it must be on the “Approved Classics” list of The Classic Car Club of America. The club defines a car a classic as a “‘Fine’ or ‘Distinctive’ automobile, American or foreign built, produced between 1925 and 1948.” The 1940s Wolseley pictured above is a great example.

A “Historic Vehicle” is at least 25 years old. The classic 1960 Chevy El Camino shown above is a perfect example. Though it may be called a “classic,” as many muscle cars are, in AZ, it’s considered a “Historic Vehicle.” Note: the 25 year or older rule may not apply to your vehicle.*

1915 Ford Model “T”

Now, a “Horseless Carriage” is a vehicle that was made in 1915 or older like the 1915 Ford Model “T” on the right.

Another thing you need to know before applying for one of the classic or historic tags, is that your insurance company MUST insure it properly as a classic vehicle to be exempt from an emissions test and must have a letter from the Insurance company saying they meet AZ requirements for collectible insurance.


Classic cars are not meant to be driven on the street regularly except to go to a car show. *If your car is around the 25 year old mark, you need to contact your insurance company to make sure it qualifies as a historic vehicle.

Please give us a call and we can help you with any questions about collectible vehicles and their proper registration.

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