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    Custom-Built Car Registration in Vermont

    Before pursuing custom-built car registration, you'll need to make sure your vehicle fits Vermont's definition of such a vehicle. There are a variety of requirements that go along with these kinds of vehicles. According to the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), a custom-built car falls under the following categories:

    • Street rod: A vehicle whose model year is before 1949 that meets all safe driving standards, or a replica of such a vehicle.
    • Kit car: Any commercially manufactured vehicle that sports a body or frame that resembles a current model, or a derivative of a current model, but with its own unique design qualities.

    On this page, you'll find a wide range of information about how to get your custom-built vehicle titled, registered, and legally prepared for the roads of Vermont.

    Registration for Your Custom-Built Vehicle

    To register your street rod or kit car with the Vermont DMV, you will need to:

    • Complete a Vermont Registration, Tax, and Title Application (Form TA-VD-119).
    • Download the accompanying instructions.
      • This manual is vitally important. Not only will it explain which lines need to be completed, but it will also list which accompanying forms, if applicable, must also be submitted. This is paramount because any missing information will stall your registration and titling process.
    • Have your vehicle visually inspected for its vehicle identification number (VIN), if applicable.

    The application must be signed by all owners. If signed by an authorized individual, power of attorney will be required.

    As long as all papers are properly completed, it will take about 3 weeks for you to receive your title and registration in the mail. The process could take longer if you request special plates. If so, the state will issue you a temporary registration for 60 days. The state will also issue temporary registration if there are any missing documents required for titling. All owners must be present to sign the temporary registration form.

    For more information, you can read our page about car registration or contact your local Vermont DMV offices for answers to your specific questions.

    Registration Fees

    The fees for your custom vehicle will vary depending on how long the registration will be valid and what type of drivetrain powers your vehicle:

    • 1 year, gas-powered: $70.
    • 1 year, alternative-fuel-powered vehicles: $122.
    • 2 years, gas-powered vehicles: $129.
    • 2 years, alternative-fuel-powered vehicles: $225.

    Temporary Registration

    If you do not have the title in your possession, or your vehicle's VIN has not been inspected yet, you may need to apply for temporary registration on your custom-built vehicle. The Vermont DMV issues temporary registrations that are valid for 60 days. You're required to handle the registration process within this time frame.

    You'll need to fill out the Temporary Plate Authorization Form at your local DMV office.

    NOTE:

    • You cannot renew or extend your temporary registration past the 60 days.
    • The DMV will not refund any of the fees paid for registration.
    • Ultimately, when permanent registration is issued for the vehicle, its expiration date will be based on the date your temporary registration was issued.
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