Custom Built Car Registration in Texas
So you've spent years in that old barn on your Texas ranch tinkering away at your custom vehicle. Time to try to get it titled and registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles (TxDMV) Vehicle Titles and Registration Division.
Custom-built or home-built vehicles are subject to special registration requirements. First off, they'll need to complete a Rebuilt Vehicle Statement (Form VTR-61).
You must also have a safety inspection 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 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.
You may need the state to issue your creation a vehicle identification number, or VIN. Be prepared to hand over all receipts or bills of sale for all components that you used to assemble the vehicle (this means keeping diligent records for the duration of your project). This is partly so the state can make sure neither the chassis nor any of the parts were stolen, and also to help determine the value of the vehicle.
Salvage vehicles are a special class in themselves. The 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.
Antique vehicles should be registered like newer cars, but they may be partially exempt from the liability insurance requirement. To apply for this exemption, 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
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- 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 Check and Car Inspection
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