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                         Laws of Minnesota 1983 

                        CHAPTER 173--S.F.No. 1165
           An act relating to motor vehicles; providing for 
          registration, taxation, and special license plates for 
          classic motorcycles; proposing new law coded in 
          Minnesota Statutes, chapter 168. 
    Section 1.  [168.105] [CLASSIC MOTORCYCLES.] 
    Subdivision 1.  [DEFINITION.] A "classic motorcycle" is a 
motorcycle that is at least 20 years old, original in 
appearance, and owned solely as a collector's item and used in a 
classic motorcycle club activity, exhibition, tour, parade, or 
similar use.  A classic motorcycle may not be used for general 
transportation purposes.  
classic motorcycle must be listed for taxation and registration 
by executed affidavit stating (1) the name and address of the 
owner, (2) the name and address of the person from whom 
purchased, (3) the make of the classic motorcycle, (4) the year 
and number of the model, (5) the manufacturer's identification 
number, (6) that the motorcycle is owned and operated solely as 
a collector's item and not used for general transportation 
purposes, and (7) that the owner has one or more motor vehicles 
with regular license plates.  
     When the registrar is satisfied that the affidavit is true, 
correct, and complete and that the owner has paid a $10 tax, the 
registrar shall list the vehicle for taxation and registration 
and shall issue special number plates.  
     Subd. 3.  [LICENSE PLATES.] The registrar shall issue 
number plates of the same size as standard motorcycle license 
plates and inscribed "collector" and "Minnesota" with the 
registration number but without a date.  The plates are valid 
without renewal as long as the classic motorcycle exists and may 
be issued for the applicant's use only for the classic 
motorcycle.  The registrar may revoke the plates for 
noncompliance with this subdivision.  
    Subd. 4.  [DUPLICATE PLATES.] If the classic motorcycle 
plates are lost, defaced, or destroyed, the registrar shall 
issue duplicate plates upon receiving and filing the owner's 
sworn statement setting forth the circumstances of loss, 
defacement, or destruction, together with any defaced plates and 
a payment of a $2 fee.  The registrar shall then note on his 
records the issue of the new plates and shall proceed as he 
deems necessary and advisable to cancel and call in the original 
     Subd. 5.  [ORIGINAL PLATES.] Instead of being issued 
special classic motorcycle plates, a classic motorcycle 
registered under this section may display original Minnesota 
number plates issued in the same year as the model year of the 
motorcycle on which they are displayed.  The number of the 
original plates must be provided to the registrar.  
     Original Minnesota number plates may not be used if the 
number on the original plate is identical to the number on a 
current collector's plate issued by the registrar.  
     A person currently using classic motorcycle plates issued 
under this section, shall return those plates to the registrar 
before substituting original plates.  
     The registrar may charge a fee for registering the number 
on original plates.  
    Subd. 6.  [ISSUANCE.] The registrar shall begin issuing 
classic motorcycle plates on January 1, 1984, and thereafter. 
    Approved May 19, 1983