Kansas Model Year Law

    The Model Year Law legislation was passed in 2000 allowing anyone owning an antique car, truck or motorcycle to register a Kansas license plate from the year of their vehicle in lieu of a Kansas Antique Auto plate.

    UPDATE:  Currently, the DMV computer cannot distinguish between an antique auto plate and a 1913 through 1929 plate with the same registration number. Antique auto registrations have reached approximately 250,000 at the time of this writing, so most Kansas car plates from 1913 through 1929 with registration numbers between 2,000 and 250,000 are not clear to use.

Model Year Law rules:

  •     The vehicle must qualify for antique status.
  •     The plate must be a Kansas plate, the same year as the vehicle, and in good, legible condition.
  •     A single plate is all that is required, even in years where pairs were issued.
  •     Repainted plates are allowed but they can only be painted the original colors.
  •     Only car, truck and motorcycle plates are allowed. Dealer plates are not allowed. Lost plates, which are replacement plates, have been successfully registered as well but are not specifically discussed in the law.
  •     Car plates are allowed to be used on trucks and truck plates on cars.
  •     You can use a plate from any county no matter what county you live in.
  •     Duplicate numbered plates from same county for ANY YEAR are not allowed to be used. As an example, once a year of Shawnee county plate numbered SN-101 has been registered, any other year of Shawnee county plate numbered SN-101 whether it be a car, truck or motorcycle plate will not be clear to use. For the years where car and truck plates were issued in pairs, once one plate of the pair has been registered, the second plate can not be registered on a different vehicle.  UPDATE:  I have begun the process of checking all Kansas car, truck and motorcycle plates on this website to determine if they are clear to register. As I check them, I will indicate in the description if it is clear or not. If you want to find out if a plate is clear to register before purchasing, you can call you local courthouse and they can check for you.
  •     With the passage of HB 2599, the Model Year Law was modified to allow stickered plates to be used on antique vehicles. 1977 to 1980 cars used a 1976 plate with the appropriate sticker attached. Trucks and motorcycles from 1976 through 1979 used a 1975 plate with the appropriate sticker. If you have the proper base plate but not the appropriate sticker, the state will provide an appropriate year sticker made off the current design. Here is an example of a state provided sticker.