There are several different requirements for "collector" license plates.
• The vehicle needs to be at least 20 years old.
• The owner must prove that he or she also has one or more vehicles with regular license plates.
• The vehicle must be owned and operated solely as a collector's item and not for general transportation purposes.
What are general transportation purposes? To law enforcement, it means you can drive it to show it, but you cannot use it to go to work, school, shopping and other everyday activities. It is going to be a judgment call on the part of the officer, but the intent of the law is to use it only for fairs, shows, etc., and not as another vehicle for your family.
As the owner, you are responsible for maintaining the proper registration on your vehicle. So if you were in violation of one of those requirements listed above, you could be charged with:
• Improper use of registration - a misdemeanor (90 days and/or $1,000 fine).
• Intent to escape tax - a gross misdemeanor (up to one year and/or $3,000 fine), depending on the situation.
The license plates also would be subject to impoundment. So if you are going to use the vehicle for other purposes, have regular plates on it.