Vintage, Collector and Modified Collector Licence Plates

Power Sport News, Vol. 11, No. 8, 2007

By Daryl Brown

Do you own an older car or motorcycle and have wondered about getting Vintage or Collector licence plates? If not, you may qualify to purchase insurance that is considerably less expensive than the traditional options although, your vehicle must meet the following criteria. 

To purchase Vintage plates, your vehicle must be at least 30 years old and conform to the original manufacturer’s specifications using as many original parts as possible. It must also function properly mechanically. Restrictions limit operation to special occasions like parades or community events only. A vehicle insured with Vintage plates cannot be driven for any other purpose. 

Collector plates are available for vehicles that are at least 25 years old or 15 to 24 years old if the vehicle is of limited-production. Your vehicle must also be in a condition that is considered collectable by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC). Vehicles insured with Collector plates are restricted to pleasure use only and may not be driven to work or school. 

If your vehicle was produced in 1958 or earlier, you may qualify for Modified Collector plates. This category is less restrictive than the Collector category as it permits coverage even if your chassis, bodywork or power train has been modified or replaced. ICBC must also consider the vehicle collectable. Vehicles insured with Modified Collector plates are also restricted to pleasure use. 

Further restrictions prevent vehicles with Antique or Collector plates to be driven either one-half-hour before sunrise or after sunset unless the vehicle conforms to the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations, B.C. Reg. 26/58. If you live in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley, your Collector vehicle will need to pass an initial test at the time of application and your Modified Collector vehicle will need to pass Air Care each year it is insured. Vintage vehicles are not required to pass Air Care. 

To get Vintage, Collector or Modified Collector plates, you must complete the appropriate application forms and submit them to ICBC with photographs of your vehicle. For Modified Collector plates, you will need to register the vehicle, then pass a mechanical inspection and make a second application seeking modified collector vehicle status. Application forms are available at your local insurance agent’s office. Once your application is approved, you can attend your auto agent’s office with your paperwork to purchase your insurance and receive the specified licence plate.

Vintage
Collector
Modified Collector
Qualify

* at least 30 years old

 

* at least 25 years old

* 15 to 24 years old if the vehicle is of limited-production

* produced in 1958 or earlier

 

* conform to the original manufacturer’s specifications

 

* mostly stock

* considered collectable by ICBC

* much less restrictive ” even if your chassis, bodywork or power train has been modified or replaced ” considered collectable by ICBC

 

Limits

special occasions like parades or community events only

* cannot be driven for any other purpose

pleasure use only

 

* pleasure use only

 

* may not be driven to work or school

 

* may not be driven to work or school

 

* to be driven either one-half-hour before sunrise or after sunset

* unless the vehicle conforms to the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations

* to be driven either one-half-hour before sunrise or after sunset

* unless the vehicle conforms to the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations

* drive anytime

 

 

Air Care

*No

 

Yes, of you live in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley

* at the time of application

* Yes, of you live in the Lower Mainland or Fraser Valley

* each year it is insured

To Apply

* submit application to ICBC with photographs

 

* submit application to ICBC with photographs

 

* submit application to ICBC with photographs

 

* no mechanical inspection

 

* no mechanical inspection

 

* pass a mechanical inspection

 

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