How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in North Carolina
Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of North Carolina. 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 North Carolina for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a Vehicle & License Plate Renewal Office near you.
WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?
- In North Carolina, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least thirty-five years ago.
- 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 Vehicle & License Plate Renewal 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 renewal office:
- A completed and notarized Title Application, when obtaining a title for a new, custom-built vehicle.
- The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
- A completed [ Builder's Affidavit], for custom-built vehicles.
- A completed Damage Disclosure Statement and current odometer reading.
- An Inspector's Report, certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road. The DMV License and Theft Bureau Inspector will provide the report, following the vehicle inspection.
When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling fees. In addition, when transferring a title, you will normally need to pay a [ Highway Use Tax], equivalent to 3% of the purchase price of the vehicle. The North Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles accepts 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.