Custom Built Car Registration in Kentucky
In Kentucky, registering your custom-built car can be the same as registering any other vehicle, or it can be a much more tedious process―it all depends on where the car was built.
If your car was custom-built out of state―good news. You'll only need to follow the same registration process as you would for any other vehicle (submitting a completed Application for Kentucky Certificate of Title/Registration (Form TC 96-182) and all applicable taxes to your County Clerk's office).
Note that if you bring the custom-built vehicle to Kentucky and don't have a title for it, Kentucky won't allow you to operate the vehicle legally. You'll need to contact your previous state and go through its process of getting a title for a custom-built vehicle before you can get a title in Kentucky.
If you custom-built the car in Kentucky, you'll need to take a few more steps:
- Gather all labor receipts and invoices, as well as receipts and any former titles from parts purchased.
- Obtain a notarized, detailed labor statement from the person who built the vehicle.
- Complete an Application for Motor Vehicle Number or Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) (Form TC 96-169).
- Take all of the above to your County Clerk's office to be issued a VIN.
- Once you have a VIN, head to your sheriff's office to have the vehicle inspected and ensure there's no VIN already assigned.
- All information will be sent to the Division of Motor Vehicle Licensing, who will then send both you and your clerk an approval notice.
- Once you get your approval, take it to the clerk. If everything matches up, your title will be sent to you in the mail.
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