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How classic car-friendly is your state? | Hagerty Media

At the risk of stating the obvious, if you own a classic car, southern California would seem to be a pretty cool place to live, right? The mild weather means you're able to drive your classic year-round, and the roads can be fantastic. Yet, California doesn't always make it easy on car owners.
New Driver

Tennessee does not have an inspection requirement for any vehicle, new or old. Your score must have been based on Nashville or larger cities, but no our county, and our traffic is moderate not heavy.
New Driver

Louisiana has a physical inspection requirement which is just making sure the VIN (or chassis # [I imported a Japanese van which I registered as a classic car]) is correct between the car and paperwork. That is the only physical inspection. No need to have an inspection sticker. Never have to renew your registration. No limitations on usage - just has to be 25+ years old and have stock parts.

As far as the car club rule, that is bogus as presented in this article. To register a car as antique in LA, you either have to have stock parts as sworn before a notary OR be part of a car club. Pretty easy.

The rules did not change between when this article was published and when I went through this process in early 2020.

Ohio needs updated.

No more emission to test. It was only in a limited number of counties anyway.

The Historic plates are very easy to buy and use. They are good for 50 years. As long as they don’t see you driving to work daily or have them on a work truck they don’t bother you.
New Driver

You have NC wrong.
AV-66 Application for Antique Automobile Value Exclusion under North Carolina General Statute 105-330.9 gives the value of any classic car as the lesser of value or $500.

Plus, Antique Vehicles
Vehicles 30 years old or older may qualify for an antique automobile license plate​. Those vehicles with an antique automobile license plate are exempt from both annual safety and emissions inspections.
New Driver

I'd have to disagree with Wisconsin being #26, and Minnesota being number 1. In Wisconsin, you can pretty much drive whenever and for whatever you want, other than you can't drive in January. MN is pretty much restricted to "special events".
WI isn't terrible for registration costs - $220 for your first collector, and you never need to renew your plates. I have a 1993 Taurus wagon in excellent condition, and the limitations are low enough that its going to be worth it to register it, for use as casual driving, sightseeing, and camping in the back. In Mich and MN, it seems that even that isn't really allowed.
Pit Crew

Your data are incorrect for Maine. There is no inspection requirement for cars with antique plates. I would also suggest that your entire point system, on which this article is based, is remarkably flawed in its construction.
New Driver

Iowa has the same titling requirements as Minnesota, i.e. 3 year bond. That would jump it to #1.
New Driver

Apologies, #4
New Driver

Minnesota is friendly when it comes to inspections and registration, but actually DRIVING your car there is extremely limited. It's mostly straight, flat, cornfield lined roads that are covered in snow and salt half the year. As someone who enjoys handling over outright horsepower owning fun cars in MN is pointless.

Ohio should be improved over this rating since this story appeared. 


All Emissions testing is now gone. It was in limited counties but no longer. Never made sense other than the company doing it was invested by people passing the laws. 


The other thing we just got the go ahead to remove the front plate. It was fought over for years but no longer are we required to put a ugly square plate on the front of our vehicles. 


The Historic plates are good because you buy them once and they are good for 50 years, No more buying plates. 


The two real negatives. Our weather is not great from Dec Till late April. Also the roads are crap. They are in bad shape or under construction and you get about two years and they are bad again. Low bidder is not the way to go. 


Ohio is pretty much do as you please. 


WV should be higher as they have the best roads and they have their own Tail of the Dragon roads there that are great. 

New Driver

Ohio definitely requires a title on classic vehicles. They honor NY registration and convert to an OH title, so I assume others also, but a bill of sale car ( in state, or out) ....... not with out a trip thru the local court system. Calling the Title office is just an exercise in misinformation frustration, I was eventually told no to NY reg, needs a title.  In person the registration was transferred to a title. I haven't hear of anyone having issues with using Historic plates here and year specific are allowed. A cool addition.


New Driver

Colorado DOES have Classic Vehicle Restrictions! And Did at the time this was published. You are capped at 4500 miles per year if you register your car with the "5 year collector plate" (for vehicles 32 years old or older). There's a more restrictive 50+ year old "Horeseless Carriage" Plate that allows very limited driving and 3rd there a '48 and older Street Rod plate that seems to have no restrictions? Emissions applies to everything in the "Program Area" for 1976 and newer as of 2022. So you should drop 200 points from the Colorado score.