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  • Custom Built Car Registration in Alabama

    If you custom-build a car in Alabama, from a kit or from parts, you must first apply for a vehicle identification number (VIN) with the Department of Revenue before applying for a title. You may begin the process for applying for a VIN and title by filing out the Application For Inspection of a Salvage Vehicle and Affirmation Supporting Salvage Certificate (Form INV 26-15E), also available at your local tag office. Return the completed form to the tag office with the appropriate supporting documents (see "Cars Built from Kits" below) to get your anti-theft inspection.

    After the inspection, if everything is satisfactory, you and the DOR will need to complete more forms. When they are approved, you will be issued a certificate of title with the legend "ASSEMBLED."

    Cars Built from Kits

    For 1975 or newer kits that are assembled with a chassis built before 1974, you will need to provide the following documents:

    • A certified manufacturer's certificate of origin for a new kit assigned to you.
    • A certified copy of the most recent registration receipt in the applicant's name for the chassis, or a notarized bill of sale to the applicant, specifying the purchase of the chassis.
    • A bill of sale for each major component if purchased separately. The bill of sale needs to have the serial number and trade name of the part purchased.
    • A notarized affidavit from the person who assembled the car stating what was done to assemble it, and certifying that it is now in operable condition.

    For 1975 kits assembled with 1975 or newer parts, you will need the following:

    • Certified manufacturer's certificate of origin for a new kit assigned to you.
    • The outstanding certificate of title in your name or assigned to you for the chassis, or the bill of sale to you for the chassis.
    • The bill of sale for any major components purchased separately. The bill of sale needs to state the serial number and trade name of the part purchased.
    • A notarized affidavit from the person who assembled the car stating what was done to assemble it, and certifying that it is now in operable condition.

    Cars Built from Parts

    For cars built with a 1974 or earlier chassis, you will need the following documents:

    • A certified copy of the most recent registration receipt in your name for the vehicle from which the chassis was removed, or a bill of sale for the chassis. The bill of sale needs to include the VIN number of the vehicle from which the chassis was removed.
    • A bill of sale for any major components purchased separately, containing the serial number and trade name of the part.
    • A notarized affidavit from the person assembling the car stating what was done to assemble the vehicle, and certifying that it is now in operable condition.

    For cars built with a 1975 or newer chassis, provide the following:

    • Outstanding certificate of title in your name for the vehicle from which the chassis was removed, or a notarized bill of sale in your name. This bill of sale needs to contain the VIN number of the vehicle from which the chassis was removed.
    • A notarized bill of sale for each major component purchased, including the serial number and trade name of each part.
    • A notarized affidavit from the person who assembled the car stating what was done to assemble it, and certifying that it is now in operable condition.

    Major Components Requirements and Fees

    Remember to keep all your receipts while building your car so you have them handy when filling out your Application For Inspection of a Salvage Vehicle and Affirmation Supporting Salvage Certificate (Form INV 26-15E). The fee for the inspection is $75 with an additional $15 for the title.

    You'll need to provide the bill of sale showing the serial number and trade name of the part for the following components:

    • Motor or engine.
    • Transmission or transaxle.
    • Trunk floor pan or rear section and roof.
    • Frame or any portion thereof.
    • Cowl, firewall, or any portion thereof.
    • Roof assembly.
    • Cab.
    • Cargo compartment floor panel or passenger compartment floor pan.
    • Front fork.
    • Crankcase.
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