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Bureau of Motor Vehicles

Bureau of Motor Vehicles

myBMV > Plates and Registrations > Indiana's Standard and Specialty License Plates > Year Of Manufacture Plate Program Year Of Manufacture Plate Program

A Year of Manufacture license plate may be used on a vehicle that is at least 25 years old if it is an Indiana license plate that was issued in the model year of the vehicle.

A Historic license plate is registered to the vehicle and a Certificate of Registration is mailed with the Historic plate and vehicle information. The license branch will also issue a Year of Manufacture Affidavit to allow the license plate to be used in lieu of the Historic plate.

Sample Historic plate:





The Historic license plate, Certificate of Registration, and Year of Manufacture Affidavit are required to be carried in the vehicle at all times that the Year of Manufacture license plate is displayed on the vehicle, and be presented at the request of law enforcement. This includes any renewal year stickers. The Historic license plate must be renewed annually.

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Plate Requirements

The plate has to have been issued by the BMV the same year as the vehicle’s model year. The plate is not required to be the original license plate registered to the vehicle. Additionally, if two plates were issued in that year, only one of the Year of Manufacture plates are required to be displayed on the vehicle.

The Year of Manufacture plate must be presented at any BMV license branch for review of the condition of the plate. The plate may be refurbished or restored; however, the BMV may reject the use of the plate if there is any indication that the plate does not meet the original specifications.

What condition must the plate be in?

  • It must be metal.
  • In good or original condition. The letters, numbers, and markings must be clearly legible.
  • Fading must be minimal and not faded to an illegible state.
  • May only contain minor rust on the face of the plate.
  • May not be bent.
  • May not have any unplanned holes.
  • Must match the picture of the plate issued for the year of manufacture according to BMV records. Click here to view Indiana’s Antique License Plates

Eligible Vehicle Types

This plate may be displayed on passenger cars, trucks up to 11,000 pounds, motorcycles, and recreational vehicles.