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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Alabama

Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Alabama. However, the process of registering an antique or custom-built vehicle is different from registering a regular vehicle. If you have brought an antique or custom-built vehicle into Alabama for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a County Office near you.

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?

  • In Alabama, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least thirty years ago.
  • The State defines a custom-built vehicle as any motor vehicle that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using new or used parts. Custom vehicles are registered with the make as "custom-built".

HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE

You will have to visit a County Office near you and use MVT 26-3 to apply for a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), which is issued by the Department of Safety. When registering a custom-built or antique vehicle, you will need to bring the following materials to the renewal office along with the assembled vehicle:

For cars constructed from parts:

Applicable for cars built with 1974 chassis or before:
  1. In case any large parts (major components) were bought separately, attach a notarized bill of sale for each part. It must have the component's trade name and serial (identifying) number.
  2. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled. Attach the chassis bill of sale. It must have the VIN number of the car whose chassis was removed.
  3. A completed and notarized Builder's Affidavit, for custom-built vehicles, which states the vehicle is in operable condition and describing process of assembling it.
Applicable for cars built with 1975 or later chassis:
  1. In case any large parts were bought separately, attach a notarized bill of sale for each part. It must have the component's trade name and serial (identifying) number.
  2. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled. Attach the chassis bill of sale. It must have the VIN number of the car whose chassis was removed.
  3. A completed and notarized Builder's Affidavit, for custom-built vehicles which states the vehicle is in operable condition and describing process of assembling it.

For cars built from kits:

1. A certificate of origin from the manufacturer for a new kit assigned to the applicant that has been certified. 2. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled. Attach the chassis bill of sale duly notarized. It must have the VIN number of the car whose chassis was removed.
  1. A completed and notarized Builder's Affidavit for custom-built vehicles, which states the vehicle is in operable condition and describing process of assembling it.
  2. In case of kits of 1975 or later which have been assembled with frame or chassis of 1975 or later car, any large part bought separately needs a notarized bill of sale. It must have the component's trade name and serial (identifying) number.

Definition of large parts (major components):

  • Trans-axle or Transmission
  • Engine or Motor
  • Frame or any of its parts
  • Rear section and roof or trunk floor pan
  • Roof assembly
  • Firewall, cowl or any of its parts
  • Cab
  • Front fork
  • Passenger compartment floor pan or Cargo compartment floor panel
  • Crankcase

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling fees.

RENEWING A CUSTOM-BUILT OR ANTIQUE VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Your custom-built or antique vehicle's registration will clearly indicate when it will expire. The process for renewing the registration on a custom or antique vehicle is the same as renewing the registration on a regular motor vehicle.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

 

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