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Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Colorado. 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 Colorado for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a County motor vehicle office near you.
WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?
- In Colorado, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least twenty-five years ago. It is also called a Collector vehicle and is used as a collector's item. Another antique vehicle is the Street Rod which is any vehicle manufactured before 1948 or made to resemble a vehicle from that period.
- 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 VEHICLE
Before you visit the County Motor Vehicle Office, you will be required to have the vehicle inspected and assigned a VIN by a certified Colorado law enforcement officer. You will have to visit the local county motor vehicle office near you to submit the Verification of VIN application. Once it is approved, Colorado's State Police will contact you for inspection and request the following documents:
- A completed Application for Title and Registration.
- The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
- Bills of Sale for all parts used in the reconstruction.
- Submit photographs of pre-construction and post-construction including views of:
- Front and driver's side.
- Back and passenger's side
- A completed Colorado Assigned VIN Declaration of Facts form.
- Statement appraising the value of the vehicle.
- Emissions test report.
Once the vehicle passes inspection and is assigned a VIN, you must take all the documents listed above along with the ones given by the Colorado State Patrol to the county motor vehicle office to apply for the title.
When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling fees along with the $20 fee for obtaining a VIN. Check with your county motor vehicle office on the exact amount to be paid. Colorado's Division of motor vehicles only accepts payments by cash 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.