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Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Hawaii. 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 Hawaii for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to the County's Vehicle Registration Office near you. Since Hawaii does not have a central DMV, you will have to visit the Vehicle Registration Locations in Honolulu County, Hawaii County, Kauai County and Islands of Maui and follow county-specific laws for registering the vehicle.
WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?
- In Hawaii, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least thirty-five years ago and is used as a collector's item. A Street Rod is a vehicle manufactured before 1968 or manufactured later but made to look like a vehicle from the period before 1968. Hawaii defines collector vehicles as any vehicle which functions like a collector's item irrespective of its age.
- The State defines a custom-built vehicle as any motor vehicle that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using new or used parts and made such that it does not resemble the original whose parts have been used. They are also called Reconstructed Vehicles. The model year will be the year in which the vehicle was built.
HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE
You will have to visit your county's vehicle registration office near you to register your antique or custom-built vehicle. Before registration, you need to get a VIN assigned to your vehicle. When registering a custom-built or antique vehicle, you will need to follow the same procedure that you would to register any motor vehicle. Once you acquire the VIN from your county's finance director, you will need to bring the following materials, to register the vehicle:
- A completed Application for Registration form for the county 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.
- Bills of Sale for all the parts that were used.
- Weight certificate.
- A Hawaii Vehicle 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 registration and titling fees. Check with the County office on the exact amount to be paid and the accepted modes of payment.
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.