Antique Auto License Plates


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District of Columbia    (DC)

Antique Car, Type 1

First issued 1957 (expiring 3-31-58), with numbers starting at 101-A (#100-A was a prototype).  Unique metal renewal tabs were used until stickers began in 1969.  These steel plates were initially for vehicles manufactured before 1930.

Antique Car, Type 2

Changes around serial 200 include: aluminum construction, no tab slots, reflectorized paint, and an A-000 serial format.  Reportedly A-224 was the highest issued number, though numbers up to at least A-275 were manufactured.

Antique Car, Type 3

Compared to the previous version, "3-31" is missing and "District of Columbia" is in larger letters.

Historic Motor Vehicle, Type 1

The HMV type replaced the Antique Car plates in 1978.

Historic Motor Vehicle, Type 2

Changes for this version include an unpainted debossed border and blue paint on the numbers.

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A Historic Motor Vehicle must be at least 25 years old, or at least 15 years old and of a make no longer manufactured.  The vehicle must not be substantially modified from original specifications.  Usage is limited to exhibitions, parades, tours, club activities, and similar events.


District of Columbia DMV page on registration fees

Antique section of, a site maintained by Richard Dragon (ALPCA 2658)

Online ALPCA Archives - District of Columbia [requires member password]


ALPCA Newsletter, April 1987 issue, pp 40-41, article by J. R. Frank, J. D. Garst, Jr., C. Gauthier, and K. W. Lackie.

PLATES Magazine, October 2007 issue, "District of Columbia: The Birth of Historic Motor Vehicle Plates", pp 32-36, article by Skip Lackie.


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