Titling and Registration of Former Military Vehicles in the US

These are resources that members facing titling/registration issues may find useful. The statues below should be considered models when seeking legislative action in your state.  Also linked below are military standards and EPA rulings that may be useful as well.  Thanks to Paul Underwood and Kevin Lockwood for these materials.

Model Legislation from Wisconsin

Model Legislation from Kansas (which has non-restrictive antique auto registration)

In the United States, Motor Vehicles which are manufactured, sold or imported into the U.S. are required to meet Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS).
This requirement is found in the U.S. Code, under Title 49 Transportation Subtitle VI Part A Chapter 301 Section 30112

ALL vehicles older than 25 years are exempted from FMVSS requirements.
Note that Code does not specify domestic or foreign vehicles, so ALL vehicles are included in this exemption. Vehicles older than 25 years may still meet FMVSS, they just are no longer required to do so.
This exemption is also found in the U.S. Code, under Title 49 Transportation Subtitle VI Part A Chapter 301 Section 30112 under (b) Non-application (9) vehicle is at least 25 years old.

FMVSS does not apply to vehicles manufactured for the U.S. Armed Forces. BUT, this does not preclude these vehicles from meeting FMVSS. In fact, vehicles manufactured for the U.S. Armed Forces must meet MIL-STD (military standard) equipment requirements which are equivalent to FMVSS equipment requirements.
Because these vehicles must meet MIL-STD requirements, they are exempted from FMVSS requirements.
This exemption is found in the Code of Federal Regulations 49CFR Transportation Subtitle VI Part A Chapter 571.7

MIL-STD-1180B details the contractual specifications which manufacturers must meet for vehicles built for the U.S. Armed Forces.
Vehicles are described as: military wheeled (non-tracked) ground vehicles capable of operating on public highways at normal highway speeds, in most cases without escort, up to and including 5-ton variants.
Table II covers Safety Requirements for military wheeled ground vehicles, and lists equivalent FMVSS #s for each MIL-STD #s.
Download document HERE.

Wis. Dept. of Admin., Div. of Hearings & Appeals Case # TR-11-0016 acknowledged the equivalent requirements between FMVSS and MIL-STD.

Hagerty Insurance Discount for MVPA Members!

Hagerty Insurance has announced a 5% discount toward the cost of vehicle insurance coverage for MVPA Members!* The discount program is part of the ongoing partnership between the Military Vehicle Preservation Association and Hagerty Insurance.

This provides welcome savings to MVPA Members*—savings that can be applied to that ongoing vehicle project or the next vehicle for your collection! And, this doesn’t just apply to your historic military vehicle! Many MVPA Members own other historic vehicles in addition to their HMV. So, if you own a 1968 Camaro along with your 1959 M37, Hagerty will apply the 5% MVPA Member* discount to your historic vehicle insurance bill!

MVPA Members who are not current Hagerty customers—and wish to explore Hagerty coverage—must apply for coverage to determine eligibility as normal policy restrictions and limitations apply. To apply for a Hagerty Insurance quote, MVPA Members should click here and log in. After logging in, click the “Hagerty Insurance” tab on the left. If you have difficulty logging in, contact the MVPA headquarters for assistance.

If you’re a current MVPA Member who already has Hagerty Insurance coverage, contact Hagerty at your next renewal to ask about the MVPA Member discount.* Be sure your MVPA membership is current and have your MVPA Member number ready! (The discount may only be applied at renewal time and may not be applied in the middle of a policy period.)

Not a MVPA Member? Click here to sign up to enjoy all the benefits of MVPA membership and be eligible for a Hagerty discount! Once your membership is processed and confirmed, you may apply for Hagerty’s MVPA Member discount.

Through this partnership, the MVPA and Hagerty Insurance are committed to preserving historic vehicles and to those who own them!

*At this time, not available in California, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. Contact Hagerty for details.

MVPA member provides tank for “Fury”

MVPA member Stelan Lopez’s company, www.jeepsudest.com, provided Sony Pictures with the star of their motion picture “Fury”. No, Not Brad Pitt, but the Sherman M4A3E8 featured in the film. Here are some of Stelan’s photos from the set and promotional events with the cast members. Check out all the photos on our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/MilitaryVehiclePreservationAssociation.


MVPA launches new E-membership option and digital publications

MVPA-tabletby David Doyle

Most people agree, the only thing that seems to stay the same is change. It seems only a few years ago that Supply Line was a thin pulp paper buy/sell listing, and Army Motors was a slick black and white publication. I also clearly remember when gas stations had to hand letter the dollar increment in fuel prices, because the pumps would not display more than .99 9/10 per gallon; when mailing a package to friends in Britain cost only a few pennies more than mailing the same package to a friend here in the US, and how I hoped to own an example of each body type G-742 2 1/2-ton truck.

But those things have changed. I’m getting to the point in life where I need to start thinking about having LESS stuff, instead of more, and increasingly I find that what I do want – I want NOW. I sit in an office filled with hundreds of books, and filing cabinets of documents. My son sits in an office filled with few books, but several video monitors and infinitely more computing power than was aboard the Apollo spacecraft. I am sure that this “generation gap” is not unique to us.

I travel with a briefcase stuffed with a few magazines of current interest. The young man near me in the waiting room has a thin plastic tablet, upon which he can read any of thousands of books, from Shakespeare’s works to the latest New York Times. While I prefer my way, I can see the appeal of his.

The MVPA Directors have heard the request, not only from younger members, but also those looking to lessen the amount of “things” in their home, as well as our overseas members who would like to speed access to their publications. We have also heard the requests of our membership that we look for ways to maintain our current level of member services, but provide them at a lower cost.

One solution to these varied requests can be found in an “E-membership.” Members, and future members, who opt for the E-membership will continue to have all the benefits and privileges inherent with MVPA regular membership, but rather than receiving printed copies of Army Motors and Supply Line via postal mail, they will access and read their publications online.

The publications will be accessed through the Association website, www.mvpa.org. Members will need only to log in with their membership credentials to gain access. Naturally, the publications, which are a member benefit, will not be available to non-members, and software will track access and limit the number devices that a member can use to access the publications. This will prevent non-members from accessing the material, even if they should discover someone’s membership credentials.

In addition to being able to be read through like a conventional magazine, the online publications are searchable. Open the electronic magazine, enter what you are looking for in the search box, say “CCKW” or “M151”, click search, and it will show you every instance those terms appear in the issue.

If you want a hard copy of a page from a how-to article to take into the shop, simply print that page out. Plus, an active online library of back issues is being developed as well.

To introduce this format, the current issue of Supply Line, as well as the previous few issues of Supply Line and Army Motors, are on line now. To view these publications, go to www.mvpa.org click on the “Member Login & Renew” link on the left hand side of the page. After logging in you can access the portal to the MVPA digital publication library.

It is membership renewal time for many of you now, and we would like to ask you to explore the electronic format. If you would like to keep your traditional membership format with print publications, renew accordingly. The print publications are not going away, rather we are merely adding the additional option of electronic membership. If you would like your upcoming membership term to be in the new E-membership format, then check the appropriate membership category and remit the lower $35 rate. Note that E-memberships are the same price world wide.

Your directors welcome your feedback on this new membership option.


Submit Your News

The MVPA includes nearly 100 affiliated groups, where thousands of hard working members plan, organize, and conduct numerous regional and international events. These include:

  • Recreate anniversaries, commemorations, convoys, etc.
  • Local and regional displays, and public education
  • Historic and veteran’s events
  • Campouts and trail rides

In all cases the motivation is the same: come together as a community, share your enthusiasm with others, and keep these historic vehicles in motion.

Submit your Affiliate news blurb to hq@mvpa.org. All submissions must be no more than 600 words.