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                            CHAPTER 132-H.F.No. 273 
                  An act relating to motor vehicles; allowing license 
                  plates for collector vehicles to be transferred and 
                  reissued; imposing fees; amending Minnesota Statutes 
                  1994, section 168.10, subdivisions 1a, 1b, 1c, 1d, 1h, 
                  3, and by adding a subdivision. 
        BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF MINNESOTA: 
           Section 1.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 168.10, 
        subdivision 1a, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1a.  [COLLECTOR'S VEHICLE, PIONEER LICENSE.] Any 
        motor vehicle manufactured prior to 1936 and owned and operated 
        solely as a collector's item shall be listed for taxation and 
        registration as follows:  An affidavit shall be executed stating 
        the name and address of the owner, the name and address of the 
        person from whom purchased, the make of the motor vehicle, year 
        and number of the model, the manufacturer's identification 
        number and that the vehicle is owned and operated solely as a 
        collector's item and not for general transportation purposes.  
        If the registrar is satisfied that the affidavit is true and 
        correct and the owner pays a $25 tax, the registrar shall list 
        such vehicle for taxation and registration and shall issue 
        number plates. 
           The number plates so issued shall bear the inscription 
        "Pioneer," "Minnesota" and the registration number or other 
        combination of characters authorized under section 168.12, 
        subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates are valid 
        without renewal as long as the vehicle is in existence and shall 
        be issued for the applicant's use only for such vehicle.  The 
        registrar has the power to revoke said plates for failure to 
        comply with this subdivision. 
           Sec. 2.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 168.10, 
        subdivision 1b, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1b.  [COLLECTOR'S VEHICLE, CLASSIC CAR LICENSE.] Any 
        motor vehicle manufactured between and including the years 1925 
        and 1948, and designated by the registrar of motor vehicles as a 
        classic car because of its fine design, high engineering 
        standards, and superior workmanship, and owned and operated 
        solely as a collector's item shall be listed for taxation and 
        registration as follows:  An affidavit shall be executed stating 
        the name and address of the owner, the name and address of the 
        person from whom purchased, the make of the motor vehicle, year 
        and number of the model, the manufacturer's identification 
        number and that the vehicle is owned and operated solely as a 
        collector's item and not for general transportation purposes.  
        If the registrar is satisfied that the affidavit is true and 
        correct and that the motor vehicle qualifies to be classified as 
        a classic car, and the owner pays a $25 tax, the registrar shall 
        list such vehicle for taxation and registration and shall issue 
        number plates. 
           The number plates so issued shall bear the inscription 
        "Classic Car," "Minnesota," and the registration number or other 
        combination of characters authorized under section 168.12, 
        subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates are valid 
        without renewal as long as the vehicle is in existence and shall 
        be issued for the applicant's use only for such vehicle.  The 
        registrar has the power to revoke said plates for failure to 
        comply with this subdivision. 
           The following cars built between and including 1925 and 
        1948 are classic: 
          A.C.
          Adler
          Alfa Romeo
          Alvis               Speed 20, 25, and 4.3 litre.
          Amilcar
          Aston Martin
          Auburn              All 8-cylinder and 12-cylinder models. 
          Audi
          Austro-Daimler
          Avions Voisin 12
          Bentley
          Blackhawk
          B.M.W.              Models 327, 328, and 335 only.
          Brewster
           (Heart-front Ford)
          Bugatti
          Buick               1931 through 1942:  series 90 only.
          Cadillac            All 1925 through 1935.
                              All 12's and 16's.
                              1936-1948:  Series 63, 65, 67, 
                              70, 72, 75, 80, 85 and 90 only.
                              1938-1947:  60 special only.
                              1940-1947:  All 62 Series.
          Chrysler            1926 through 1930:  Imperial 80.
                              1929:  Imperial L.
                              1931 through 1937:  Imperial Series CG,
                              CH, CL, and CW.
                              All Newports and Thunderbolts.
                              1934 CX.
                              1935 C-3.
                              1936 C-11.
                              1937 through 1948:  Custom Imperial,
                              Crown Imperial Series C-15, C-20, C-24,
                              C-27, C-33, C-37, and C-40.
          Cord
          Cunningham
          Dagmar              Model 25-70 only.
          Daimler
          Delage
          Delahaye
          Doble
          Dorris
          Duesenberg
          du Pont
          Franklin            All models except 1933-34 Olympic Sixes.
          Frazer Nash
          Graham              1930-1931:  Series 137.
          Graham-Paige        1929-1930:  Series 837.
          Hispano Suiza
          Horch
          Hotchkiss
          Invicta
          Isotta Fraschini
          Jaguar
          Jordan              Speedway Series 'Z' only.
          Kissel              1925, 1926 and 1927:  Model 8-75.
                              1928:  Model 8-90, and 8-90 White Eagle.
                              1929:  Model 8-126, and 8-90 White Eagle.
                              1930:  Model 8-126.
                              1931:  Model 8-126.
          Lagonda
          Lancia
          La Salle            1927 through 1933 only.
          Lincoln             All models K, L, KA, and KB.
                              1941:  Model 168H.
                              1942:  Model 268H.
          Lincoln
           Continental        1939 through 1948.
          Locomobile          All models 48 and 90.
                              1927:  Model 8-80.
                              1928:  Model 8-80.
                              1929:  Models 8-80 and 8-88.
          Marmon              All 16-cylinder models.
                              1925:  Model 74.
                              1926:  Model 74.
                              1927:  Model 75.
                              1928:  Model E75.
                              1930:  Big 8 model.
                              1931:  Model 88, and Big 8.
          Maybach
          McFarlan
          Mercedes Benz       All models 2.2 litres and up.
          Mercer
          M.G.                6-cylinder models only.
          Minerva
          Nash                1931:  Series 8-90.
                              1932:  Series 9-90,
                              Advanced 8, and Ambassador 8.
                              1933-1934:  Ambassador 8.
          Packard             1925 through 1934:  All models.
                              1935 through 1942:  Models 1200,
                              1201, 1202, 1203, 1204, 1205, 1207,
                              1208, 1400, 1401, 1402, 1403, 1404,
                              1405, 1407, 1408, 1500, 1501, 1502,
                              1506, 1507, 1508, 1603, 1604, 1605,
                              1607, 1608, 1705, 1707, 1708, 1806,
                              1807, 1808, 1906, 1907, 1908, 2006,
                              2007, and 2008 only.
                              1946 and 1947:  Models 2106 and
                              2126 only.
          Peerless            1926 through 1928:  Series 69.
                              1930-1931:  Custom 8.
                              1932:  Deluxe Custom 8.
          Pierce Arrow
          Railton
          Renault             Grand Sport model only.
          Reo                 1930-1931:  Royale Custom 8, and
                              Series 8-35 and 8-52 Elite 8.
                              1933:  Royale Custom 8.
          Revere
          Roamer              1925:  Series 8-88, 6-54e, and 4-75.
                              1926:  Series 4-75e, and 8-88.
                              1927-1928:  Series 8-88.
                              1929:  Series 8-88, and 8-125.
                              1930:  Series 8-125.
          Rohr
          Rolls Royce
          Ruxton
          Salmson
          Squire
          Stearns Knight
          Stevens Duryea
          Steyr
          Studebaker          1929-1933:  President, except model 82.
          Stutz
          Sunbeam
          Talbot
          Triumph             Dolomite 8 and Gloria 6.
          Vauxhall            Series 25-70 and 30-98 only.
          Voisin
          Wills Saint Claire
           No commercial vehicles such as hearses, ambulances, or 
        trucks are considered to be classic cars. 
           Sec. 3.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 168.10, 
        subdivision 1c, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1c.  [COLLECTOR'S VEHICLE, COLLECTOR LICENSE.] Any 
        motor vehicle, including any truck, that is at least 20 model 
        years old and manufactured after 1935, or any motor vehicle of a 
        defunct make defined as any car or truck originally licensed as 
        a separate identifiable make as designated by the division of 
        motor vehicles, and owned and operated solely as a collector's 
        vehicle, shall be listed for taxation and registration as 
        follows:  An affidavit shall be executed stating the name and 
        address of the person from whom purchased and of the new owner, 
        the make of the motor vehicle, year and number of the model, the 
        manufacturer's identification number and that the vehicle is 
        owned and operated solely as a collector's item and not for 
        general transportation purposes.  The owner must also prove that 
        the owner also has one or more vehicles with regular license 
        plates.  If the registrar is satisfied that the affidavit is 
        true and correct and the owner pays a $25 tax, the registrar 
        shall list the vehicle for taxation and registration and shall 
        issue number plates. 
           The number plates issued shall bear the inscription 
        "Collector," "Minnesota" and the registration number or other 
        combination of characters authorized under section 168.12, 
        subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates are valid 
        without renewal as long as the vehicle is in existence and shall 
        be issued for the applicant's use only for the vehicle.  The 
        registrar has the power to revoke the plates for failure to 
        comply with this subdivision. 
           Sec. 4.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 168.10, 
        subdivision 1d, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1d.  [COLLECTOR'S VEHICLE, STREET ROD LICENSE.] Any 
        modernized motor vehicle manufactured prior to the year 1949 or 
        designed and manufactured to resemble such vehicle shall be 
        listed for taxation and registration as follows:  
           An affidavit shall be executed stating the name and address 
        of the person from whom purchased and of the new owner, the make 
        of the motor vehicle, year number of model, and the 
        manufacturer's identification number.  The affidavit shall 
        further state that the vehicle is owned and operated solely as a 
        street rod and not for general transportation purposes.  The 
        owner must also prove that the owner has one or more vehicles 
        with regular license plates.  If the registrar is satisfied that 
        the affidavit is true and correct and the owner pays a $25 tax, 
        the registrar shall list such vehicle for taxation and 
        registration and shall issue number plates.  
           The number plates issued shall bear the inscription "Street 
        Rod", "Minnesota" and the registration number or other 
        combination of characters authorized under section 168.12, 
        subdivision 2a, but no date.  The number plates are valid 
        without renewal as long as the vehicle is in existence and shall 
        be issued for the applicant's use only for such vehicle.  The 
        registrar has the power to revoke such plates for failure to 
        comply with this subdivision.  
           Sec. 5.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 168.10, 
        subdivision 1h, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 1h.  [COLLECTOR MILITARY VEHICLES.] (a) A motor 
        vehicle, including a truck, shall be listed and registered under 
        this section if it meets the following conditions: 
           (1) it is at least 20 years old; 
           (2) its first owner following its manufacture was a branch 
        of the armed forces of the United States and it presently 
        conforms to the vehicle specifications required during the time 
        of military ownership, or it has been restored and presently 
        conforms to the specifications required by a branch of the armed 
        forces for the model year that the restored vehicle could have 
        been owned by that branch of the armed forces; and 
           (3) it is owned by a nonprofit organization and operated 
        solely as a collector's vehicle.  For purposes of this 
        subdivision, "nonprofit organization" means a corporation, 
        society, association, foundation, or institution organized and 
        operated exclusively for historical or educational purposes, no 
        part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of a 
        private individual.  
           (b) The owner of the vehicle shall execute an affidavit 
        stating the name and address of the person from whom purchased 
        and of the new owner; the make, year, and model number of the 
        motor vehicle; the manufacturer's identification number; and the 
        collector military vehicle identification number, if any, 
        located on the exterior of the vehicle.  The affidavit must 
        affirm that the vehicle is owned by a nonprofit organization and 
        is operated solely as a collector's item and not for general 
        transportation purposes.  If the registrar is satisfied that the 
        affidavit is true and correct and the owner pays a $25 tax, the 
        registrar shall list the vehicle for taxation and registration 
        and shall issue number plates.  The number plates shall bear the 
        inscriptions "Collector" and "Minnesota" and the registration 
        number, but no date.  The number plates are valid without 
        renewal as long as the vehicle is in existence and may not be 
        transferred to another vehicle.  The registrar may revoke the 
        plates for failure to comply with this subdivision. 
           (c) Notwithstanding section 168.09, 168.12, or other law to 
        the contrary, the owner of a registered collector military 
        vehicle is not required to display registration plates on the 
        exterior of the vehicle if the vehicle has an exterior number 
        identification that conforms to the identifying system for 
        military vehicles in effect when the vehicle was last owned by 
        the branch of the armed forces of the United States or in effect 
        in the year to which the collector military vehicle has been 
        restored.  However, the state registration plates must be 
        carried in or on the collector military vehicle at all times. 
           (d) The owner of a registered collector military vehicle 
        that is not required to display registration plates under 
        paragraph (c) may tow a registered trailer behind it.  The 
        trailer is not required to display registration plates if the 
        trailer: 
           (1) does not exceed a gross weight of 15,000 pounds; 
           (2) otherwise conforms to registration, licensing, and 
        safety laws and specifications; 
           (3) conforms to military specifications for appearance and 
        identification; 
           (4) is intended to represent and does represent a military 
        trailer; and 
           (5) carries registration plates on or in the trailer or the 
        collector military vehicle towing the trailer. 
           Sec. 6.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 168.10, is 
        amended by adding a subdivision to read: 
           Subd. 1i.  [COLLECTOR PLATE TRANSFERS.] Notwithstanding 
        section 168.12, subdivision 1, on payment of a transfer fee of 
        $5, plates issued under this section may be transferred to 
        another vehicle owned or jointly owned by the person to whom the 
        special plates were issued or the plate may be assigned to 
        another owner.  In addition to the transfer fee a new owner must 
        pay the $25 plate fee or any fee required by section 168.12, 
        subdivision 2a.  The $5 fee must be paid into the state treasury 
        and credited to the highway user tax distribution fund.  License 
        plates issued under this section may not be transferred to a 
        vehicle not eligible for the collector's vehicle license plates. 
           Sec. 7.  Minnesota Statutes 1994, section 168.10, 
        subdivision 3, is amended to read: 
           Subd. 3.  [OFFENSES.] It shall be unlawful for any person: 
           (1) To display or cause to be displayed or to possess any 
        canceled, revoked, suspended or fraudulently obtained or stolen 
        registration plates; 
           (2) To lend the person's registration plates to another or 
        knowingly to permit the use thereof by another; 
           (3) To display or represent as the person's own any 
        registration plates not issued to that person; provided, 
        however, this shall not apply to any legal change of ownership 
        of the motor vehicle to which the plates are attached, nor shall 
        this apply to any transfer of collector plates under subdivision 
        1i; 
           (4) To fail or refuse to surrender to the department upon 
        its lawful demand any registration plates which have been 
        revoked, canceled, or suspended by proper authority; 
           (5) To use a false or fictitious name or address or 
        description of the motor vehicle, identification number, or 
        serial number in any application for registration of a motor 
        vehicle or to knowingly make a false statement or to knowingly 
        conceal a material fact or otherwise commit a fraud in any such 
        application; 
           (6) To destroy, alter, remove, cover or deface the 
        identification or serial number of any motor vehicle or to 
        knowingly operate any motor vehicle the identification or serial 
        number of which has been destroyed, altered, removed, covered or 
        defaced without first making application for assignment of a 
        special identification number as provided by law. 
           Presented to the governor May 5, 1995 
           Signed by the governor May 8, 1995, 3:40 p.m.