Colorado Colorado "Year of Manufacture" license plate

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Colorado will allow you to run an old license plate from the year your old vehicle was manufactured. My 3A is a 1953, so I purchased a 1953 license plate.

Anyone ever done this? I'm wondering if they give you any notice that it's approved. Right now I have "Horseless Carriage" plates.

Here's what the DMV website says:

**Plate must be supplied by the applicant**​
Fees: None​
Number of Plates Allowed: Unlimited.​
About: The Year of Manufacture license plate is an original plate for motor vehicles valued principally because of the vehicle's early date of manufacture, design, or historical interest or value as collectors' items. Motor vehicles using such plates may be used exclusively for:​
  • Driving such vehicle to and from assemblies, conventions, or other meetings where such vehicles and their ownership are the primary interest.
  • Demonstrations, parades, and when their operation on the street and highway will not constitute a traffic hazard.
  • Traveling to and from and while on local, state, or national tours held primarily for exhibition and enjoyment.
Available for: Year of Manufacture license plates are authorized for passenger cars, trucks, and motorcycles.​
Who qualifies: Any person with a qualifying vehicle and plates.​
Requirements: The original plate shall meet the following criteria:​
  • The plates were made at least thirty years prior to registration
  • Are embossed with the year of original issue
  • Are legible
  • Were issued with the year of manufacture of the vehicle upon which they are to be displayed
  • Do not exceed seven characters
The vehicle must have a current Colorado registration to allow the issuance of a Year of Manufacture plate. The applicant is responsible for providing the original plate. The plate must be requested at a state driver license. The applicant must submit form DR2818 Year of Manufacture License Plate Authorization
Fees: None​
Number of Plates Allowed: Unlimited.​
Information: Research Colorado Revised Statue 42-12-302​
 

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Yup, my 47 cj2a runs 47 plates. I drive the heck out of it. 27,000 miles of heck. No issues. Ill not be following those stupid rules.
Note, in Colorado, if your jeep is a military jeep and in military dress, you can run without displaying your plates. Just keep one in the tool box. This is a law my other club passed. Details at MVCCONLINE.ORG
 

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Neither jeep or trailer have to DISPLAY plates. I have them in the tool box along with a copy of the law.
 

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Do you have both a 1947 front and back plate? I just have one 1953 plate and I was going to put it on the rear.
 

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Do you have both a 1947 front and back plate? I just have one 1953 plate and I was going to put it on the rear.
Yes, I bought an unissued set. It was dumb luck. Google search alert found them.
 

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@Lew Ladwig Do you remember submitting the form? Did you mail it in or submit it in person? I'm just wondering what happens if I mail in the form -- will they send me back something that says "this has been approved" or something?

And then do I still renew my "Horseless Carriage" plates?
 

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@Lew Ladwig Do you remember submitting the form? Did you mail it in or submit it in person? I'm just wondering what happens if I mail in the form -- will they send me back something that says "this has been approved" or something?

And then do I still renew my "Horseless Carriage" plates?
I sent them a picture of my platesand a form. They sent a new registration still as 5 year plates but using my vintage plate number.
 

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Got my 1953 Colorado plate approved. It's cool the way the Colorado DMV does it: they just add the "year of manufacture" plate to your current registration. Both plates are now listed on the registration. My type of registration (which is a Horseless Carriage plate) and the renewal date are unchanged.

I searched eBay for a long time to find a 4-digit plate in good condition.

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