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Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Florida. 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 Florida for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a County Tax Collector's office near you.
WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?
- In Florida, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured after 1945 and is at least thirty years old.
- The State defines a custom-built vehicle as any motor vehicle that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using new or used parts or from a kit. They are either called Assembled Vehicles or Kit Vehicles depending on how they were assembled. Kit Cars or Glider Kits (trucks/cabs made out of kits) may be made out of frames that are homemade or come as part of the kit. Some may even be made of frames originally titled out of Florida. Replicas are newly constructed vehicles made to look like other recognized brands.
HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE
You will have to visit a County Tax Collector's office near you to register your antique or kit vehicle. When registering a custom-built or antique vehicle, you will need to bring the following materials to the office:
- A completed and notarized Title Application, when obtaining a title for a new, custom-built vehicle.
- The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
- A completed Builder's Affidavit with additional sheet (if needed), for custom-built vehicles.
- Bill of Sale for all important components used for assembly.
- Proof of insurance.
- An Inspection Report, certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road.
When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate plate fee. In addition, you will need to pay a sales tax. You can pay with 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.