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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Oregon

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

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?

  • In Oregon, vehicle qualifies as an antique vehicle if the vehicle is older than half the number of years between the current year and 1900. A special interest vehicle is one which is at least 25 years old or is a Street Rod manufactured before 1949 or made to look like one.
  • The State defines a custom-built vehicle as reconstructed vehicle is any vehicle resembling the body of an existing vehicle, is not one made by a known manufacturer, is not constructed in a factory where vehicles are constructed and is not a replica. Also included in the category are motor trucks constructed from component kits as long as the VIN and Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin can be established. The state defines, additionally, an assembled vehicle as having a body that does not resemble any particular previously manufactured vehicle, not constructed by a known vehicle manufacturer and is not an antique.

HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE

You will have to visit a DMV office near you to register your antique, custom-built or assembled vehicle. When registering a custom-built or antique vehicle, you will need to bring the following materials to the office:
  1. A completed Application for Title and Registration.
  2. A completed Assembled/Reconstructed or Replica Vehicle Registration Form.
  3. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled. If these are not available, you can use a Salvage title.
  4. Odometer reading if that applies to your vehicle.
  5. All bills of sales for the vehicle or the parts used.
  6. VIN inspection certificate from the DMV.
  7. Proof of insurance.
  8. An emissions test report, if in Portland and Rogue Valley, certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road. Testing is performed by the Department of Environmental Safety.

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling and registration fees and the VIN inspection fee of $7. The Oregon Department of Motor Vehicles accepts cash, money orders or checks.

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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