Custom Built Car Registration in Massachusetts
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Registering a custom-built car in Massachusetts isn't easy. The Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles is going to want to inspect the vehicle before it will issue a title. And to pass the inspection, you need to be able to document every part used in building the vehicle, to make sure that no stolen parts are used. Remember this if you buy used parts, especially over the Internet. No receipts, no tile or registration. It's that simple.
The process works like this:
- Once your vehicle is ready for inspection, you should call the RMV telephone center to schedule an appointment.
- Make sure all of your receipts are available for the inspector.
- If you pass the inspection, the inspector can issue your vehicle a VIN number, which will allow you to apply to the RMV for a title.
- You can then go through the regular titling, registration and inspection process.
There are tons of potential traps here. If you're building a custom street rod or motorcycle, you should be doing research in advance to make sure your vehicle will pass the inspection process and that you don't run into any unforeseen difficulties at inspection time.
If you aren't part of a local custom car or vehicle club, consider joining one to help expand your knowledge base before you talk to the RMV.
The Massachusetts State Legislature is considering bills in the House and Senate that would change the way custom-built autos and street rods are registered and licensed in Massachusetts. The bills would provide for the following changes:
- Provide specific registration classes and license plates for street rods and custom-built cars.
- Allow a replica vehicle to be assigned the same model year designation as the production vehicle it most closely resembles.
- Establish specific safety inspection procedures for street rods and custom-built cars based on criteria established by the National Street Rod Association.
- Hold street rods and custom vehicles to equipment standards specified by law during the model year listed on the title of the vehicle.
- Exempt street rods and customs from state emissions inspections.
- Provide for a one-time registration fee of $25 for street rods and customs.
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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