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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Michigan

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

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?

  • In Michigan, an antique or historic vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least twenty-six years ago and is used as a collector's item.
  • The State defines an assembled or custom-built vehicle as one that includes a homemade vehicle, a vehicle modified so much that it does not resemble the original manufacturer's design or functionality, any vehicle that has had its body replaced, and those assembled from kits, called kit cars.

HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE

You will have to visit a SOS Office near you to register your antique or custom-built vehicle. When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will need to bring the following materials to the SOS office:

  1. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled Previous titles for all the parts used.
  2. Original bills of sale for parts used.
  3. VIN.
  4. Current odometer reading.
  5. A Vehicle Number/On-Road Equipment Inspection report, conducted by a police officer, certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road.

At the SOS office, you will be asked to submit a telephone number where they will contact you when the new VIN and title is ready. You will have to take the vehicle to a scheduled location where it will be re-inspected and the VIN affixed. You will then receive the title and be able to purchase the license plate after submitting proof of insurance.

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling fees along with the $10 fee for a VIN. In addition, tax will be due for all the parts used. Payment can be made in cash, money orders or checks (with two forms of identification).

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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