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Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Mississippi. 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 Mississippi for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a State Tax Commission County Clerk Office near you.
WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?
- In Mississippi, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least twenty-five years ago and is used as a collector's item. Another type of antique vehicle is a Street Rod which was manufactured before 1948 and has undergone modifications.
- 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. 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
Before you can register your custom built vehicle, you will have to apply for a VIN using the Mississippi Application for Assigned Vehicle Identification Number. You will receive a MVT-59 form which must be completed by a State Trooper from the Highway Patrol.
- Once the two forms are complete, you must send them to the State Tax Commission's Title Bureau at:
State Tax Commission Title Bureau P.O. Box 1383 Jackson, MS 39215
- Once you are assigned a VIN, the vehicle must be inspected. The inspection is done by the State Tax Commission.
- The final step will be to visit the local tax collector's office to collect your tags. You will need the following documents:
- Odometer disclosure statement.
- Title Application.
- Bills of sale for all parts used.
When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling fees. Check with the State Tax Commission County Clerk Office on the exact amount to be paid and the accepted modes of payment.
RENEWING A CUSTOM-BUILT OR ANTIQUE VEHICLE REGISTRATION
The registration of an antique vehicle or Street Rod is permanent and does not have to be renewed. Your custom-built vehicle's registration will clearly indicate when it will expire. The process for renewing the registration on a custom vehicle is the same as renewing the registration on a regular motor vehicle.