How old do you have to be to be able to drive a classic car? I’ve heard 25+ in the past. Does it vary from state to state?

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While each state has its own rules, most states and auto insurance companies do not have a minimum age for someone to own or drive a classic car. Classic cars are really only older cars that are considered collectible by car enthusiasts. Many states have guidelines regarding registration and smog rules on such cars allowing a lower registration cost and/or to bypass smog rules in the state.Some insurance companies may have different requirements on insuring a classic car, but it is usually a limit on the annual mileage of the car and its use, not the age of the operator.If you have a classic car that you want to drive, check with your insurance company or if the car is not yours, ask the owner of the car to ask if there is a restriction on the age of the operator. That way you can be sure you are not in violation of any restriction on the car or the insurance policy.

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