Minnesota Collector's Plate Laws

by Elias Westnedge
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Collector's plates are specialty license plates that are designed for classic, older cars that drivers use as collector's items. In Minnesota, collector's plates differ from the standard-issue blue and white license plates. The state of Minnesota has certain rules and laws that relate to collector's plates.

Type of Vehicle

According to the Minnesota Office of the Revisor of Statutes, vehicles must meet certain requirements to display collector's plates. The vehicle must be at least 20 model years old or at least 10 model years old and with "a body or engine style of which not more than 500 were manufactured in or imported into the United States in any model year" and "that was manufactured after 1935."

Application Process

According to Minnesota law, a car owner wishing to apply for a collector's plate must submit an affidavit to the state certifying her name, the name of the person from which she purchased the vehicle, the make, model and year of the vehicle and the manufacturer's vehicle identification number (VIN). If the car is 10 to 19 years old, owners must also certify that it meets the rarity requirements listed in the first paragraph. Car owners must also state that the vehicle is used as a collector's item and not for transportation purposes.

Plate Layout

According to Minnesota law, collector's plates must contain numbers, "Minnesota" and "Collector." Minnesota collector's plates never expire, and the plates have no date or year tabs. Collector's plates do not need to be renewed as long as the car exists and is in Minnesota.

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