Antique Auto License Plates


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Virginia    (VA)

Antique Vehicle (Porcelain)

Introduced in 1954. Size 5" x 10". Designed to resemble the state's first passenger car plates (1906-09).  Numbering started at #1906 to commemorate the first year of VA plates.

Antique Vehicle (Aluminum), Type 1

Around #6600, the porcelain construction was obsoleted by a painted sheet of flat aluminum, simulating the porcelain appearance.

Antique Vehicle (Aluminum), Type 2

When numbers reached 5 digits, the plate length was increased to 12.5". 

Antique Vehicle (Aluminum), Type 3

A different style font was used on this version.

Antique Vehicle (Aluminum), Type 4

Here the size became the standard 6" x 12", and a plastic sticker (rather than paint) was affixed to the aluminum sheet.

Undated Antique

This newer offering is a more conventional aluminum plate with an embossed serial.  Registrants can choose either this or the white-on-black design.


Antique plates are for vehicles at least 25 years old and owned solely as a collector's item.  Use is restricted to participation in club events, exhibits, parades and similar events.  "General transportation" is prohibited, but "occasional pleasure driving" is allowed.


Virginia DMV page about Antique vehicle plates

Virginia DMV Registration Information Sheet [PDF format]

Virginia legislative code pertaining to antique motor vehicle plates

Richmond AACA Region History (includes VA Antique plate history)

Online ALPCA Archives - Virginia [requires member password]


                       Site last updated 1-Dec-2016