How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in New Jersey
Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of New Jersey. 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 New Jersey for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a MVC office near you.
WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?
- In New Jersey, an antique or collector's vehicle is one that is a limited edition, no older than 25 years, must not be driven for more than 3,000 miles a year and must be insured as a collector's vehicle.
- The State defines a custom-built vehicle as a specialty vehicle which includes reconstructed kit cars, salvage vehicles and glider cars besides vehicles purchased by the government and the military.
HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLETo register your antique or specialty vehicle, you will have to contact MVC at the Trenton location at:
Motor Vehicle Commission 120 S. Stockton and Front Street Trenton, NJ 08611 Phone: (888) 486-3339Before contacting the MVC, you must have the following documents ready:
- Bills of sales for all parts purchased.
- VIN number application if vehicle has never been assigned one.
- An Inspector's Report, certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road.
- Completed collector vehicle application.
- Letter attesting the vehicle's collector status by manufacturer or organization on letter head.
- Proof of limited-use insurance
- Photographs of all four sides of the vehicle.
Motor Vehicle Commission Collector Vehicle Status I/M Support Unit P.O. Box 680 Trenton, NJ 08666-0680Once the application is processed, only allowed by mail, you will be required to take the approval letter, the original application along with the appropriate fee to a MVC office near you. You will be issued a collector vehicle voucher.