How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in North Carolina
Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of North Carolina. 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 North Carolina for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a Vehicle & License Plate Renewal Office near you.
WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?
- In North Carolina, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least thirty-five 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." The model year will be the year in which the vehicle was built.
HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLEYou will have to visit a Vehicle & License Plate Renewal Office near you to register your antique or custom-built Vehicle. When registering a custom-built or antique vehicle, you will need to bring the following materials to the renewal office:
- A completed and notarized Title Application, when obtaining a title for a new, custom-built vehicle.
- The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
- A completed [ Builder's Affidavit], for custom-built vehicles.
- A completed Damage Disclosure Statement and current odometer reading.
- An Inspector's Report, certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road. The DMV License and Theft Bureau Inspector will provide the report, following the vehicle inspection.