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    Custom Built Car Registration in Oregon

    The following types of vehicles qualify for custom-built or reconstructed vehicle registration with the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV):

    • An automobile with a body that resembles and primarily is a particular model or make of vehicle, and:
      • Has not been rebuilt by a manufacturer.
      • Is not built in a factory where its year, model, and make are assigned.
      • Is not a replica vehicle.
    • A motor truck that has been rebuilt using a component kit, if the kit manufacturer assigns a vehicle identification number (VIN), and provides a Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) for the kit.

    Continue reading this page to find out exactly how to register your assembled vehicle in Oregon, and learn about the process of selecting a license plate or making a license plate transfer.

    Registering Your Custom-Built Vehicle in OR

    To obtain registration for a custom-built car or reconstructed vehicle in Oregon, you'll need to handle the following steps:

    • Calculate fees, which may include:
      • Title transaction.
      • VIN inspection fee.
      • Registration renewal.
      • Plate fee or replacement fee.

    Next, you'll need to take your vehicle, the completed application, supporting documents and the appropriate fees to a regular or full-service DMV location.

    The Oregon DMV does NOT accept credit or debit cards, but does accept checks with proper identification. Cash machines are available at most Oregon DMV offices.

    Choosing Your License Plates

    As part of the registration and titling process for your assembled vehicle, you'll need to select your license plates. For a complete list of license plates to choose from, you can visit the Oregon DMV website.

    If you opt for a specialty plate for your vehicle, you'll need to make a note of that plate in the “Remarks” section of the Application for Title and Registration (Form 735-226).

    The Oregon DMV also allows you to transfer Oregon plates already in your possession to your assembled vehicle. However, in order for your request to be approved, the plate must be transferred to the same vehicle type. The fee to transfer a license plate is $6.


    1. The plate you transfer must be current, in presentable condition, and still issued by the DMV, or have a special design. The DMV will NOT accept a plate that has expired, unless you pay the registration fees at the time you make the transfer.
    2. When you transfer an Oregon license plate, the expiration date will remain the same.