Custom Built Car Registration in TexasPage Overview
Custom Built Car Registration in Texas
Well, you've just spent several years in that old barn on your Texas ranch tinkering away at your custom vehicle. Or, maybe you just recently acquired one from a family member or seller. Time to try to get it titled and registered with your local county tax assessor-collectors and the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV).
Custom-built or home-built vehicles are subject to special registration requirements in Texas. Continue reading this page for more information about how to go about registering and titling your custom-built vehicle in Texas.
First off, you'll be required to complete a Rebuilt Vehicle Statement (Form VTR-61).
You must also have a safety inspection performed by a licensed safety inspection shop. The inspector will make sure your vehicle has all the necessary safety equipment, such as the correct mirrors, adequate brakes, headlights, turn signals, seat belts, and so forth.
When looking for an inspection station, try to choose one that has inspected custom-built vehicles before (in other words, they have experience in determining whether such unique vehicles are safe). What are you up against? You can look up a detailed list of the components that will be verified during a standard vehicle safety inspection. The items that will be checked during this process will depend on what class of vehicle you have.
You may need the state to issue your custom-built vehicle a vehicle identification number, or VIN.
Be prepared to hand over all receipts or bills of sale for all components you used to assemble the vehicle (this means you'll need to keep diligent records for the duration of your project). Part of the reason this is a requirement is so the state can make sure neither the chassis nor any of the parts were stolen. Plus, it will also help determine the value of the vehicle.
Salvage vehicles are a special class in themselves. They have their own titling and registration process, which you'll want to be aware of before you attempt to repair a salvage vehicle. Detailed information is available in the TxDMV's Salvage Dealer and Motor Vehicle Information publication. There is a lot of information, so be prepared to dig through a fairly long document.
Antique vehicles should be registered like newer cars, but they may be partially exempt from the liability insurance requirement. To apply for this exemption, you'll need to complete the Affidavit Relating to Mandatory Liability Insurance Exemption for Certain Antique Vehicles (Form SR-2).
Antique vehicles are also generally exempt from emissions testing.
Other Topics in This Section
- Prescribed Form for Statement of Fact for Ownership of Homemade/Shopmade Trailer, Semitrailer, or Travel Trailer (Form VTR-305-A).
- Application for a Certified Copy of a Texas Nonrepairable or Salvage Vehicle Title (Form VTR-34-S).
- Affidavit Relating to Mandatory Liability Insurance Exemption for Certain Antique Vehicles (Form SR-2).
- Rebuilt Vehicle Statement (Form VTR-61).