Special Idaho License Plates
(You may want to keep a copy of these in your glove box)
Covered by Idaho Codes Sections
49-401, 401A, 49-406, 49-406A, 49-407, 49-408
These are general descriptions and there are advantages in each program.
These are covered by Idaho Code, Sections 49-401,401A, and 49-406A. These can be issued to vehicles over thirty (30) years of age, but manufactured after January 1, 1943, and are considered primarily a collector's item, and not used for general transportation or in furtherance of a business or Occupation. These vehicles may be used for exhibits, parades, tours, club activities, and for such occasional use as is necessary for operation and maintenance of the vehicle. Plates SHALL NOT BE USED for business or commercial purposes, racing or rallies, or FOR REGULAR TRANSPORTATION, unless the vehicle is dual plated with an appropriate passenger car or truck plate. There is an initial fee of $25.00, plus a $10.00 plate fee. Once every 3 years an owner verification form will be mailed all holders on file, and a charge of $3.00 per vehicle will be collected.
OLD TIMER PLATE
These are covered by Idaho code, Section 49-406. By definition, an Old Timer is any motor vehicle manufactured before January 1, 1943, that is considered primarily a collectors item and is not used for regular transportation. It may be used for exhibits, parades, tours, club activities. and such occasional use as is necessary for operation and maintenance of the vehicle. Authenticity of the restoration is self certified. The Old Timer plates have black letters on silver background. Old Timer plates SHALL NOT BE USED for business or commercial purposes, racing or rallies, or FOR REGULAR PERSONAL TRANSPORTATION. If the owner wants Old Timer plates, but intends to drive the vehicle for regular transportation, the vehicle must be dual plated; as both an Old Timer and as a passenger car, truck, etc,. There is an initial fee of $25.00 plus a $10.00 plate fee. Once every 3 years an owner verification form will be mailed to all holders on file, and a charge of $3.00 per vehicle will be collected.
YEAR OF MANUFACTURE PLATE
This is covered by Idaho Code, Section 49-407. By definition, a Year of Manufacture is any motor vehicle with any model year up to and through 1974, and under 8,000 pounds, and displays authentic Idaho plates manufactured in the same year as the vehicle. There is an annual registration fee, an initial program fee of $25.00, and an annual program fee of $15.00 each year thereafter, and (obviously) no plate fee.
STREET ROD PLATE
This is covered by Idaho Code, Section 49-408. By definition, a Street Rod is any modernized motor vehicle manufactured before 1949, or designed to resemble such a vehicle. A Street Rod shall have all equipment in operating condition which was specifically required by law as a condition for it's first sale after manufacture. Street Rod plates bear the inscription "Street Rod", a picture of a 1929 Highboy roadster, and the registration number. There is an annual registration fee, an initial program fee of $25.00, and an annual program fee of. $15.00 each year. Plate fee is $6.00.
Idaho also offers a specialized Corvette plate. We are in the process of gathering the Idaho code information, regulations, and exact fee structure, but in general, it should be pretty much the same as the Street Rod Plate, above.