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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Delaware

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Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Delaware. 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 Delaware 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 Delaware, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least twenty-five years ago and is in running condition and is used as a collector's item.
  • 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

There are three major steps required to fully register your antique or custom-built vehicle.

  1. The first step will be to obtain a VIN at your nearest State Police's Auto Theft Unit. You will be required to submit documents proving ownership of all the parts used for the reconstructed vehicle.
  2. The next step is to complete the safety inspection for the vehicle. Before going to register your vehicle, you will be required to get it inspected.
  3. Once inspection is completed, you will need visit a DMV 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:
  4. A completed Certificate of Title given by the officer at the inspection station.
  5. Proof of insurance.
  6. Proof of identification.

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate registration and titling fees, which vary for each vehicle. Check with the DMV about the exact amount to be paid. The Delaware 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

  • Auto Insurance is required for all custom vehicles operated in Delaware.
  • See also Title Transfers and Registering a Non-Custom Vehicle.
  • If you want to certify your vehicle as a street rod, you will need to apply for special street rod license plates and pay an additional onetime fee of $25.
  • Antique vehicles do not need any inspection once they have been titled and registered. Custom vehicles need to be inspected annually.

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