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    Custom Built Car Registration in Connecticut

    Are you building your own hot rod or chopper? 

    Remember, if you want to ever drive your custom-built vehicle, you're going to need to register it before operating it on CT roads. Connecticut allows registration of custom-built/composite vehicles, but the vehicle must first pass a special inspection process.

    Continue reading this page for all the information you need regarding the inspection process, and the steps to obtain a certificate of title and register your composite vehicle.

    Before You Start Building

    If you've used parts from other vehicles to build your own, you need to make sure you have title certificates for each vehicle used for component parts, as well as receipts for all parts used. If any parts you installed were from used vehicles, you will need to include VIN numbers on each receipt.

    To get your vehicle registered property, you're going to have to submit your vehicle to a detailed inspection process, during which time you are required to show all receipts and titles. No receipts means no inspection and no registration.

    Ready for Inspection in Connecticut?

    When you're ready for your custom-built vehicle (or "composite vehicle) to be registered and inspected, you will need to handle the following:

    • Contact the Department of Motor Vehicles telephone center to make an appointment for a composite vehicle inspection.
      • Composite inspections are done at the Wethersfield office only by appointment. Their offices can only handle inspection times between the hours of 8 a.m. and 3 p.m. weekdays.
    • Transfer the vehicle by flat-bed truck or trailer to the inspection station.
      • You cannot drive or tow the vehicle. None of its wheels can touch the ground until it passes inspection and you are granted a registration.
    • Complete an Application for Inspection of Composite Motor Vehicle (Form R-95) and bring it to the DMV inspection station.
    • Bring at least 2 photos of the vehicle and all supporting documents―including titles and receipts for all major parts.
      • The inspection fee is $88.
      • The fee for the VIN will cost another $50.

    If your vehicle passes the inspection, the CT DMV inspector will assign a VIN to your vehicle, which will allow you to begin the standard process of applying for a registration and title. If you fail, you can ask for a re-inspection without going through the appointment process.

    NOTE: Composite vehicles are exempt from emissions tests.

    Emissions System Requirements

    While composite vehicles are not subject to emissions testing, they must still possess a minimum level of emission systems based on the engine year and manufacturer at the time of the composite vehicle inspection.

    Depending on the engine manufacturer and year of your custom-built vehicle, you will have to install specific emissions items on your vehicle. The year and manufacturer of the parts cannot differ. This requirement does not apply to engines purchased before August 1, 2008.

    However, the CT DMV will ask to see proof of the build date of the engine and purchase date in the case of any custom-built vehicle.

    For specific details about what emission systems the DMV requires on your composite vehicle, you can visit the Connecticut DMV website.

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