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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Maine

Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Maine. 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 Maine for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a BMV Branch office or a participating municipal office near you.

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?

  • In Maine, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least twenty-five years ago and has an equally old or similar engine and has not been changed. Other types of antique vehicles are called Custom Vehicles (30 years or older and of a model year after 1948 or one that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using new or used parts to resemble a model year after 1948), Horseless Carriages (manufactured before 1916 and has an equally old or similar engine) and Street Rods (manufactured before 1949 or made to look like that).
  • The State defines a custom-built vehicle as any motor vehicle that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using new or used parts or a manufacturer's kit. Custom vehicles are registered with the make as "custom-built." The model year will be the year in which the vehicle was built. They are also called Kit Vehicles or Homemade Vehicles.

HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE

You will have to visit a BMV Branch office or a participating municipal office near you to register your antique or custom-built vehicle. Before registering a custom-built or antique vehicle, you will have to submit a completed Application for VIN if the vehicle does not have one, and get the vehicle inspected. The BMV will inform you of your inspection appointment once they receive the application. At the inspection, a BMV official will inspect the vehicle and match the parts with your bills of sale. Once you receive the VIN and pass inspection, you can title and register the vehicle. You will need to bring the following materials to the office:
  1. A completed and notarized Title Application (Form MVT-2), when obtaining a title for a new, custom-built or a non-titled antique vehicle.
  2. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
  3. An Affidavit to Register an antique vehicle and an Affidavit to Title it.
  4. The VIN Inspection Form if the vehicle had a VIN.
  5. All bills of sale to pay sales tax on parts used.
  6. A current odometer reading.

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate registration and titling fees. The Maine BMV accepts cash, money orders or checks (with two forms of identification).

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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