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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Indiana

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Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Indiana. 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 Indiana for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a BMV License Branch office near you.

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?

  • In Indiana, 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 or an Assembled Vehicle as any motor vehicle that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using new or used major parts like frame, body, chassis or engine. Examples of assembled vehicles are Glider Kits, Kits, Replicas, etc. which may include the original VIN of the vehicle.

HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE

You will have to visit a Bureau of Motor Vehicles License Branch office near you to register your antique or vehicle. When registering a custom-built or antique vehicle, you will need to bring the following materials to the office:

  1. A completed Title Application.
  2. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
  3. A completed VIN verification form.
  4. Proof of sales tax payment, if it is a new vehicle.
  5. Social security number.
  6. A completed Affidavit for Inspection of an Antique Vehicle by the Indiana State Police department certifying that the antique vehicle is safe to take on the road. A similar inspection report is also needed for custom-built vehicles. The BMV will contact you with a date and time for inspection.

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate registration fees. You have to pay an additional 7% sales tax when titling a new vehicle. The Indiana Bureau 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 Indiana.
  • See also Title Transfers and Registering a Non-Custom Vehicle.
  • Titles take up to 6 weeks to be delivered from the time of application. However, a speed service title application option is available at an additional cost of $25 to receive the title earlier.

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