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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Montana

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

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?

  • In Montana, a vintage vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured in 1934 or later and is at least thirty years old.
  • In Montana, a pioneer vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least in 1933 or earlier.
  • The State defines a custom-built vehicle as any motor vehicle that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using new or used parts and may be a changed version of the original design; or is made from manufacturer's kits. Custom vehicles are registered with the make as "custom-built." The model year will be the year in which the vehicle was built. Different types of custom-built vehicles in Montana are called Custom Vehicles, Kit Vehicles and Specially Constructed Vehicles.

HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE

You will have to visit the country treasurer's office near you to register your antique or custom-built vehicle. When registering a custom-built or antique vehicle, you will need to bring the following materials to the county treasurer's office:

  1. A completed Application for Certificate of Title for a new custom-built vehicle.
  2. The registration receipt of the earlier year, Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
  3. A completed Fact Sheet for a custom-built vehicle.
  4. A completed Statement of Fact for transferring the title.
  5. An Inspection Report, certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road.
  6. A completed Application for Registration of a Vintage or Pioneer Vehicle for an antique vehicle in order to apply for or transfer vintage or pioneer license plates.

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling and registration fees. Please check with the county treasurer's office on the exact amount. In addition, you will also have to pay the county option tax (for light vehicles) or the fees assessed on other vehicles in place of taxes. The Montana county treasurer's office accepts cash 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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