Legislative Update: No News Is Good News

John R. Paul

September 10, 2013

So far, this year has been fairly quiet when it comes to legislative initiatives impacting classic car owners. To help you get “in the know,” here’s a look at some of the passed and pending legislation for 2013. 

Ethanol, single license plates and vehicle titling: these are just a handful of the most significant legislative items collector car owners have been talking about this year. 

Ethanol Back In The News 

An important landmark event happened back in May when Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law legislation designed to repeal the requirement that all gasoline offered for sale in the state contain a percentage of ethanol. While several other states, including Maine and Oregon, had similar legislation considered, however only the Florida bill became law and the others were either dismissed or died in session.

One Plate Does It All 

Doing away with the two-plate requirement for owners of historic vehicles seems to be gaining steam in a number of states. Montana, Wyoming, Missouri, Maryland, Texas, Massachusetts, New York, Ohio and Wisconsin have all introduced legislation this year that would require just a single license plate present on vehicles. As of this writing, only Montana has signed anything into law with bills in Missouri and Maryland dying with the end of the legislative season. 


Vehicle owners in North Carolina were given a bit of relief when Governor Pat McCrory signed a bill providing the prompt issuance of titles to owners of out-of-state motor vehicles 35-years old and older. The new law states that if a required inspection and verification is not conducted by the DMV within 15 days of receiving a request and the inspector has no probable cause to believe the ownership documents or VIN does not match the vehicle being examined, the vehicle will be deemed to have satisfied all necessary requirements and a title will be issued within 15 days. 

The HVA will continue to provide legislative updates periodically throughout the year in our monthly eNewsletter and in real time over on our Facebook page. You can also track legislation in your area on our website as well as through the SEMA Action Network.


  1. Timothy Wagner Lansing, Mi

    I went to change license plates this year on my 2 89 Chrysler TCs by Maserati. The cars turn 25 this year so I could use Antique plates instead of normal issue. The state gets $130 for each for a plate on these cars. Guess what! The state now thinks a vehicle must be 26 years old to be antique. These cars get less than a thousand miles on them a year.

  2. Lee lancaster,PA


  3. Mike Ritz Scappoose,OR

    Oregon is already issuing single plates for "Special Interest" vehicles, with no expiration for a one-time $81 fee. You can also do the same thing with normal plates of the same type that was used when the car was new. (Year Of Manufacture, or YOM). Again, you only need a single plate, which is nice.

  4. Walter Indiana

    That could be a matter of some dispute. Half of the 1989 model cars were actually built in 1988, so his cars could be 25 years old now. Of course since the 2014 models are already on the dealers lots, they are already 25 model years old. I suppose it depends on who is counting.

  5. john Bellevue, WA 98005

    Good information, please send more.

  6. barbara Kentucky

    I live in Kentucky. Received notice in the local paper that starting Jan.2014 taxes are being raised on all classic cars. They will be using the classic car blue book to judge how much your classic car is worth. We have 5 classic cars and none of them are driven 100 miles a year . Only drive them locally. That's all they know how to do in Ky is raise taxes. I guess they needed some more money to play around on. Wait until the next election. Those crooks won't get my vote.

  7. Ron Everett mesa Az.

    Az. still inspects emmissions back to 1968. They just keep that inspection money rollin in!!

  8. Walter Virginia

    Found a couple of stations that sell "No Ethanol" gasoline here is Virginia. My cars run better on them and get a lot better mileage than than were rated for. I will continue to use it as long as it is available. My old 69 Mustang loves it as well. If they want to increase mileage than they need to take the ethanol out of the gas.

  9. Rudy Pyrek Warren, Michigan

    Let’s talk automotive fuel economy. Our government keeps raising the MPG requirements. But in real world conditions are lowering them. Explanation: When 10% Ethanol is added to regular fuel, it lowers the combustion or power of that fuel significantly. Lower power means less mileage or MPG. Example: I own a 2004 Buick Le Sabre V-6. Before Ethanol was added to the fuel, I got a consistent 31 MPG Hwy. and 25.5 MPG city. Now I get 25 MPG Hwy and 18 MPG City. I have had my engine systems checked by an authorized GM dealer and all are in spec’s. The only variable is the fuel. So let’s get real. If you truly want better mileage, bring back 100% fuel! The farmers who supply corn for the Ethanol can go back to producing food for people.

  10. Anthony Gillham Wisconsin

    Here in Wisconsin there is a move by some legislators to prevent the sale of cars post 1968 unless they comply with all federal regulations of the time. Thus preventing the sale (you can own them, but not resell them) of virtually all foreign built vehicles made after 1968.

  11. O.J. Wa.

    After reading some of these comments,I guess we have it better than I thought!

  12. Frances OK

    Here in Oklahoma we can buy non-ethanol gas at most stations. It is a bit more expensive though. We also have only a rear license plate. I am moving here from Texas and the number of old American cars I see is huge compared to Tx. Some of these cars are still being used as dailey drivers. Good (collision. comprehensive) car insurance is much harder to get here on anything old, especially if you want to drive it.

  13. Tim West Virginia

    I have also found a couple of atations that sell non-ethenol fuel here. It is more expensive than regular but cheaper than high test. The car runs much better on real gas and mileage is a little better. WV has4szj7 always only required one plate.

  14. Frank Power Liberty, MS

    It is well known that ethanol enhanced fuel is much lower in efficiency, costs more to produce, increases food costs by taking farm land out of production to grow corn for ethanol, increases farm land costs by people buying up land to grow corn, is a net CO2 producer by machinery intensitive farming, is a major factor in the dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico because of fertilizer used in corn production washing out to sea, and ,last but not least, is subsidized by the federal govt. through your taxes. YOUR politicians keep voting for ethanol because of lobbyist money which has BILLIONS to throw around to keep the votes coming. Write your congressmen and Senators and reason with them to do the right thing.

  15. Ralph Oregon

    There is an app available for I-phones and probably androids called "pure fuel" that will give you the closest station to your phone that sells non-ethanol fuel. I've used it across the country. Most of these stations will be near a boating area, and some may require your bringing your own 5 gallon can.

  16. Bob S Mildenhall England

    Ralph thanks for the info on the app. Have down loaded it to my IPad. When I return to NM will be using the two stations we have in Albuquerque, NM to refuel my 89 Chrysler TC and my 1930 Model A Coupe. Frank, you comments are well taken concerning the folks in congress who keep voting for ethanol to keep their pocket's filled with change.

  17. Joe Miles Pikeville, Tennessee

    I have yet to find ANY advantage, for anyone, other than the good ol' government, in the form of taxes, for the use of water absorbing, fuel system destroying, fuel contaminating ethanol infused gasoline. Well, certainly the folks that make the additive to reduce the noted effects appreciate the income, yes and the parts stores selling fuel system components. Yes, we need someones' ear! Joe