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    Custom-Built Car Registration in Tennessee

    In order to register a custom-built car in Tennessee, you must comply with the regulations set forth by the Criminal Investigations Division (CID). The process can be the same as registering any other vehicle, or it can be more involved―it all depends on where the car was built.

    If the vehicle was constructed in Tennessee, you'll need to go through the process of applying for a rebuilt title, which also includes a thorough inspection that is designed to prevent fraud and protect all parties.

    On this page, you will find information bout the process of registering and titling a custom built vehicle.

    Out-of-State Custom Vehicles

    If your car was custom-built outside of Tennessee―there is good news for you. In this case, you will only need to follow the same registration process as you would for any other vehicle brought to Tennessee. If you recently obtained a vehicle, or you're in the process a purchasing a used vehicle, you can find more information on the process of transferring a title at our Title Transfers page.

    In-State Custom Vehicles

    If you custom-built your car in Tennessee, the registration and titling processes are more complex than if the vehicle was built out of state.

    To proceed, you must take several steps in order to get your custom vehicle registered and titled in Tennessee.

    You'll need to Visit the local Tennessee county clerk's office to apply for a Rebuilt Title and:

    1. Be sure to bring your car's documentation with you, which includes all receipts for all the parts you used to construct your vehicle, whether they're used or new.
      • If the parts were purchased new, the invoice must reflect this.
      • If the parts you obtained were purchased from an "in-house supply," you'll need to get a copy of the title (front and back) to prove ownership.
    2. The clerk will send the information to the Vehicle Services Section in Nashville.
    3. Once in Nashville, your documents will undergo a "paper inspection" to verify that all standards have been met.
    4. After all of your documents have been verified, they will be sent to a field investigator who will inspect your vehicle to make sure all vehicle identification numbers (VINs) match.
    5. If all of the VINs on your vehicle match, your local Tennessee county clerk will then issue you a TN rebuilt title.

    At this point, you'll be able to gather all of the necessary documents in addition to your rebuilt title and bring everything to your local county clerk to receive title and registration. You may also need to complete the Tennessee Department of Revenue Odometer Disclosure Statement (Form RV-F1317001) when you go to register your custom vehicle.

    For more information on the registration process in TN, please visit our Car Registration page.

    To find more information about reconstructed titles in Tennessee, you can contact any of the special agents listed at the Criminal Investigations Division (CID) website. You can also contact your local TN county clerk's office for more details about what you may need to register and title your custom vehicle.