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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Arizona

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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Arizona

Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Arizona. However, the process of registering an antique or custom-built vehicle is same as registering a regular vehicle. If you have brought an antique or custom-built vehicle into Arizona for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a MVD Office near you.


  • In Arizona, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least twenty-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 given a ‘classic car' plate. It must be listed on the classic car list filed with the Motor Vehicle Division by the Classic Car Club of America.


You will have to visit a MVD 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 MVD office:

  1. A completed and notarized Title Application, when obtaining a title for a new, custom-built vehicle.
  2. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
  3. An Inspector's Report, certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road. The DMV Vehicle Inspection Recon or a designated peace officer or authorized third party employee will provide the report, following the vehicle inspection. The applicant may need a bill of sale for parts used.
  4. Some vehicles may require an emissions test.
  5. An application has to be filled if a special serial number has to be issued.


When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay titling fee of $4.00, registration fee of $8.00 and $1.50 as air quality research fee. In addition, there is the vehicle license tax (VLT) that is assessed instead of the personal property tax levied by some other states.


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. It can be done online. Payment can be made by credit/check/debit cards.


  • See also Title Transfers and Registering a Non-Custom Vehicle.
  • Auto Insurance is needed for all custom vehicles operated in Arizona.
  • Registration can be renewed by phone on the toll free number 1-888-713-3031.
  • Level I Inspection is free at an MVD office. Level II inspection carries a fee of $20 and is done by a specially certified agent of the MVD. Specially certified agents of MVD do the highest inspection level III for restored salvaged vehicles for a $50 fee. There could be additional fees at times.