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Vintage vehicles

Vintage plates

Do you own a piece of history? Why not show your antique vehicle off at special events and parades? Vintage licence plates allow you to do just that.

Does my vehicle qualify?

Your vehicle must be

How do I get vintage plates?

  1. Fill out an application form (PDF). Forms are also available from Autoplan brokers.
  2. Photograph your vehicle, following the instructions on the  form.
  3. Take the completed application and photos to an Autoplan broker.

We will review your application and determine whether your vehicle qualifies. Once approved, the plates will be mailed to you. This process usually takes about three weeks.

Note: AirCare isn't required for antique vehicles.

Driving restrictions

Special occasions only

Vehicles with vintage plates may only be used for special occasions (for example: exhibitions, parades, car club activities, community events, weddings and graduations). Everyday pleasure driving is not permitted.

No business use or test driving

An antique vehicle may not be used for business or commercial purposes. Also, an antique vehicle being test-driven by a potential buyer may not display vintage plates for licensing purposes. For test-driving, the seller should buy a Temporary Operating Permit.

Driving at night

If your vehicle doesn’t have the lights and reflectors required by the Motor Vehicle Act Regulations,external link you may not drive it between half an hour after sunset and half an hour before sunrise.

Insuring your antique vehicle

You can protect your vintage car investment by buying ICBC optional insurance: Collision, Comprehensive or Specified Perils. Because the use of a vintage vehicle is restricted, you will probably pay less for these coverages.

Need more information?

Contact our Special Coverage Underwriting department.

Lower Mainland: 604-661-6890

Elsewhere in B.C., Canada and the U.S.: 1-800-665-8262

Fax: 604-443-4451

Mailing address

ICBC - Special Coverage Underwriting
Room 316 - 151 West Esplanade
North Vancouver, BC  V7M 3H9


Photo of a vintage vehicle