Legislative Update: No News Is Good News

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.

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