Michigan motorists could soon see a bit more variety on their vehicles after Michigan lawmakers passed a bill that will bring three vintage license plates back into circulation.
After its initial passage in the state Senate, the Michigan House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to approve SB 464, which would require the secretary of state to develop and issue the three legacy registration plates no later than one year after the bill takes effect.
The three plates will replicate ones used during specific time frames, including a red, white and blue plate originally issued in 1976 for the U.S. Bicentennial — which would not be available until the nation’s next birthday in 2026 — a black plate issued from 1979 to 1983, and an iconic blue plate issued for about a quarter century after that, from 1983 to 2007.
The legacy plates will be made available to drivers for an extra $55 per vehicle, with $50 going to the Michigan Transportation Fund for road improvement projects and $5 going to the secretary of state office, according to the bill.
The secretary of state will have to determine the number of each legacy registration plate to be manufactured and issued. The Senate’s final procedural vote last week sent the bill to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to sign.