Custom Built Car Registration in Iowa
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Just like any other motor vehicle, your custom-built car must be registered at your county treasurer's office. However, there are a few special regulations that apply to specially constructed, reconstructed, and kit motor vehicles.
Before you submit your application for registration, an Iowa Department of Transportation representative will determine if your vehicle complies with the appropriate safety guidelines. You will also need to provide bills of sale for the component parts of the vehicle.
Once the ownership of all parts and components has been verified, the office will assign an identification number to the vehicle. This paves the way for you to title and register your custom car.
According to legislation, the owner of a specially constructed or reconstructed vehicle must apply for a certificate of title and registration within 30 days of the DOT inspection. If you fail to apply for registration in a timely manner, you will be subject to the same fines and penalties as drivers of other types of motor vehicles.
If your vehicle can't be registered because you are lacking the proper title documents, you may apply for a bonded certificate of title. However, if your vehicle was issued a junking certificate, it can't be reinstated through the bonding process unless it is at least 25 years old.
You may download an application for a bonded certificate of title from the Iowa DOT website.
Other Topics in This Section
- Register Car
- Registration Renewal
- Registration & Insurance
- Replacing a Lost Registration
- RV & Motorhome Registration
- Custom Built Car Registration
- Boat Registration and Licenses
- Title Transfers
- Replacing a Lost Title
- Salvaged Vehicles
- Special Vehicles
- Drivers with Disabilities
- License Plates & Placards
- Smog & Emission Checks
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