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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Ohio

Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Ohio. 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 Ohio for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a Clerk of Courts Title Office near you.

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?

  • In Ohio, an antique or historical vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that is at least twenty-five years old.
  • The State defines a custom-built self assembled vehicle as any motor vehicle that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using after market or used parts. Kit cars are similar to self assembled vehicles but have fiberglass bodies and instructions to assemble, like fiberglass body replicas and dune buggies. The model year for both kit and self assembled vehicles will be the year in which the vehicle is brought to the Ohio Highway Patrol for inspection.

HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE

You will have to visit a Clerk of Courts Title Office near you to register your antique or custom-built self assembled vehicle/kit car. When registering a custom-built self assembled vehicle/kit car or antique vehicle, you will need to bring the following materials to the renewal office:
  1. A completed and notarized Title Application, when obtaining a title for a new, custom-built self assembled vehicle/kit car.
  2. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom-built self assembled vehicle/kit car that have already been titled.
  3. A completed License Plate Affidavit for historical vehicles.
  4. An Inspector's Report, certifying that the custom-built self assembled vehicle/kit car is safe to take on the road.
  5. An emission test report by an Emissions Inspection Station.
  6. Bill of Sale for the vehicle and all major components.

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling fees. In addition, you will normally need to pay ADD Permissive Fee and a $1 to the Save our Sight Program. Historical plates need a $10.00 fee. The Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles accepts cash, money orders or checks.

RENEWING A CUSTOM-BUILT OR ANTIQUE VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Your custom-built self assembled vehicle/kit car 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. Renewal of historical vehicle plates is not required till the vehicle exists or till you remain the owner.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

  • Auto Insurance is required for all custom vehicles operated in Ohio.
  • See also Title Transfers and Registering a Non-Custom Vehicle.
  • Collector's and Historical vehicles are permanently exempt from the E-Check program. If the engine of a custom-built vehicle is deemed too old, it may also become exempt from inspection.
  • All documents of self assembled vehicles are examined prior to vehicle inspection. Vehicle Identification Number is necessary for inspection. Some body parts may have to be removed for the inspection.
  • Historical plates do need to be renewed for the life of the vehicle except on ownership change.
 

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