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Horseless Carriage

Horseless Carriage plates were first made available in 1963 and were for cars at least 35 years old. The enabling law specifically stated that the plates were to be undated and were to be good for five years. Initially, antique trucks were not eligible for the plate, but are now permitted. At the time Horseless Carriage plates were introduced in 1963 the 35 year age stipulation made perfect sense for this classification, as a vehicle would have been a 1928 model or earlier to qualify. Oddly, the requirement has never been updated, which means that today you can get a Horseless Carriage plate for a 1985 muscle car.  When first introduced in 1963, Horseless Carriage plates were issued as undated plates that were good for five years. Over time there have been modifications in requirements, and at the present time they are issued as 5-year plates, but dated with stickers. As a result of the changing requirements over the decades, and the fact that these vehicles are often held by a single owner for many years, Horseless Carriage plates of all vintages are found both with and without stickers.

This 1958 Chevy was spotted in Roswell wearing a Horseless Carriage plate with a 2014 validation sticker.
Courtesy David L. Minton.
Horseless Carriage registration certificate issued in 2015. Such registrations are for five years, hence the 2020 expiration date. Later versions of this MVD-10248 form have somewhat larger information blocks, allowing “HORSELESS CARRIAGE” to be spelled out in full.
1971 #291 courtesy of Michael Wiener, 1972 #317 courtesy of Jim Gummoe.  All others by Bill Johnston.



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