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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Massachusetts

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Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Massachusetts. 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 Massachusetts for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a Registry of Motor Vehicles (RMV) Office near you.

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?

  • In Massachusetts, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least twenty-five years ago and must be maintained solely for use in public interest causes.
  • 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

You will have to visit a RMV Office near you to register your antique or custom-built 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. You will have to call the RMV Telephone center to begin the process of registering your antique or custom-built vehicle to schedule an inspection. You must bring the following materials to the office:

  1. All bills of sale for parts used must be submitted at the time of inspection. Once the vehicle passes inspection the RMV will issue the vehicle a VIN.
  2. Once you have the VIN, complete an Application for Registration and Title (RMV-1).
  3. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
  4. A completed and notarized Application for an Antique Motor Vehicle Plate or Year of Manufacture Registration Plate, if you wish to use the Year of Manufacturer plate.
  5. Odometer disclosure statement.

You will be issued license plates and the registration certificate right away. The title will be sent via mail within six to eight weeks.

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate registration fees. The Massachusetts RMV 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

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