Custom Built Car Registration in Washington DC
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When you are ready to get your custom-built car on the public roads, you'll first need to apply to the DMV for a vehicle identification number (VIN). You may call (202) 727-5000 to initiate that process. After your car has a VIN, you can apply for a certificate of title.
Prior to registering your custom-built car , it will have to pass a safety and emissions inspection. Your custom-built car must have current tags from DC or from another jurisdiction before going through the inspection process.
When you go to have your custom-built car inspected for the first time, you'll have to get a 45-day temporary tag from the DMV service location at 301 C St. NW. You'll have to bring the custom-built car's title in your name (or correctly reassigned to you), proof of insurance, and a $13 fee to get the temporary tag.
Historic cars (as opposed to custom cars or replicas) need only be inspected the first time they are registered. After they pass this initial safety and emissions inspection, they do not need to be inspected again.
After you have gotten a valid tag, you can take the custom-built car through inspection. You don't pay the for inspection now―you'll take care of that when you register the vehicle.
- Registrant's DC driver's license or permit
- Vehicle ownership
- Vehicle value (determined, most likely, by adding up the cost for all the components)
- Vehicle mileage
- Vehicle insurance
- Vehicle inspection
In the District, you will also have to pay any outstanding tickets, dishonored check fees, and even delinquent child support payments before you will be allowed to register your custom-built car.
All of the procedures and required documentation to renew your custom-built car's registration online, through the mail, or in person are the same as those required for any car.
Other Topics in This Section
- 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 & Emission Checks
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