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Another odd request for Vienna

I will be in Vienna in December with two of my adult daughters. I have an old car and work on it in my garage at home. I decorate my garage with old license plates. Can anyone suggest where I might find an old Austrian license plate while I am there? I know I could get on off ebay, but something brought back means a lot more.

Again, I apologise for the odd request.

Posted by
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Check out the Flea Market on Saturday morning at Naschmarkt.

Posted by
2443 posts

Maybe a car club can help you. Here’s a list of car clubs in Austria I found using Google:
I know in our Antique Studebaker Club and Studebaker Drivers Club, members love to talk about their cars and are very helpful sharing resources. No Studebaker clubs in Austria but Sweden and Australia have large, active ones.

Posted by
1804 posts

Other than in US an Austrian license plate is considered a federal document (like a passport) and has the Federal Eagle stamped on it. This has to do with the compulsory car insurance for which the license plate is proof. If you fail to pay your car insurance then police will take away your license plates.

The license plate is therefore not property of the car owner, and it has to be turned in e.g. when a car is sold or taken out of service.

There is no legal way to keep a license plate. Of course, you can get a license plate, e.g. if it has been (falsely) reported as lost or stolen, or it has been stolen.

I don't know what will happen when your luggage is x-rayed at the airport.

I guess you won't have troubles with real historic license plates, i.e. older than 30 years, when the current white license plates replaced the old black ones.

Posted by
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The very LAST thing I would do is knowingly fail to show respect for local laws and customs. I am a guest in another country and will always try to carry myself and comport my actions with absolute dignity for the country and it's people. Thank you for letting me know the laws.