Protecting our heritage

The Future Belongs To Those Who Know Their History

FIVA (the Fédération Internationale des Véhicules Anciens) is a worldwide non-profit organisation dedicated to the protection, preservation and promotion of historic vehicles. Established in 1966, it is active in more than 80 countries, representing millions of historic vehicle enthusiasts around the globe. Since 2017, FIVA has been a partner of UNESCO with consultative status, representing world motoring heritage and related culture.


But what is a historic vehicle? 

FIVA defines it as a mechanically propelled road vehicle at least 30 years old, preserved and maintained in a historically correct condition, which is not used as means of daily transport and which is therefore part of our technical and cultural heritage. A youngtimer is a similar vehicle between 20 and 29 years old.

Curious about FIVA, its goals and objectives? This 3-minute video gives a quick overview.


FIVA outlines its position on current topics of international importance

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Not every hero of the motoring world is a household name. Induction into the FIVA Heritage Hall of Fame is a tribute to an individual’s genuine lifetime achievements, but it’s a very personal selection. It reflects the opinions of FIVA clubs around the world, who nominate their own favourite national figures. Some of these heroes are world-famous, others are names you might not know – but each has made a real and long-lasting impact on automotive history.

In the first year of FIVA’s Hall of Fame initiative, individuals were first nominated by FIVA clubs across the globe, from which 14 individuals – of the past and present – were selected by a knowledgeable and prestigious panel of international judges.

The FIVA Identity (or ID) Card is issued for a historic vehicle, defined as being a mechanically driven (powered) street vehicle (car, motorcycle, utilitarian) that is:

  • at least 30 years old
  • in a historically correct and maintained state
  • not used as everyday transport and is thus part of our technical and cultural heritage

A FIVA ID Card is only issued after a physical inspection of the vehicle to ensure it complies with the FIVA Technical Code.

Benefits of the FIVA ID Card include:

  • extensive independent documentation of vehicle data
  • modifications and remodeling recorded on the card
  • data and pictures clearly attributed to the vehicle
  • national and international recognition that might be reflected in beneficial regulations
  • limited validity (10 years or change of owner) that increases credibility
  • potential increase in value of the vehicle
  • statistical data on models in existence to enhance the likelihood of spare parts manufacture and other maintenance support

A FIVA Youngtimer Registration Document is issued for a vehicle that is:

  • between 20 and 29 years of age
  • in good condition and preservation
  • generally used during leisure time only
  • potentially eligible for a FIVA Identity Card when it becomes 30 years old

The FIVA Youngtimer Registration Document may be issued without a physical inspection of the vehicle.


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Our Commissions

The Legislation Commission

…works closely with legislators to keep yesterday’s vehicles on tomorrow’s roads.

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The Events Commission

…oversees FIVA-supported motoring events around the world.

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The Motorcycle Commission

…is passionate about two- and three-wheeled vehicles, from mopeds to superbikes.

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The Culture & Youth Commission

…aims to preserve the culture surrounding historic vehicles, while actively involving the younger generation.

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The Technical Commission

…keeps records of all FIVA Cards issued worldwide, and safeguards standards of historic vehicle originality and condition.

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The Utilitarian Commission

…is dedicated to utilitarian vehicles, including trucks, buses, campers, agricultural machinery and military vehicles of all kinds.

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With thanks to our global partners – who support FIVA’s aims through their products, services, and expertise – and our professional members, from manufacturers and event organisers, to museums, publishers, and restorers. For more on all our members (global and professional), click here.


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