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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in New Mexico

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

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?

  • In New Mexico, an antique is also called a historic or special-interest vehicle, and is defined as any vehicle of any age which is maintained as a collector's item for leisure. Horseless Carriages are vehicles which are collector's items and more than thirty-five years old.
  • The State's definition of custom-built vehicles includes reconstructed vehicles and specially constructed vehicles. Specially constructed vehicles are further divided into replicas that resemble an existing vehicle and include kit cars; and homemade vehicles that are made from scavenged and scrap parts. Reconstructed vehicles involve using an existing body frame and a new chassis to build a vehicle.

HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE

You will have to visit a MVD field office near you to register your antique or custom-built vehicle. Your custom-built vehicle needs to undergo a VIN inspection and will be assigned a VIN by the MVD if it does not have one. 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 must bring the following materials to the office:

  1. A completed Application for Vehicle Title and Registration..
  2. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
  3. A completed Affirmation for Specially Constructed or Reconstructed Vehicle form, for a custom-built vehicle.
  4. A completed Vehicle Equipment Affirmation.
  5. Certificate for a Horseless Carriage to get special plates.
  6. Bills of sale for all the parts used, and the weight certificate for the vehicle.

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling fees. Contact your MVD field office to check the exact amount. The New Mexico MVD accepts cash, money orders or checks.

RENEWING A CUSTOM-BUILT OR ANTIQUE VEHICLE REGISTRATION

For a registered horseless carriage, registration is permanent and does not have to be renewed. Your custom-built or antique/historic vehicle's registration will clearly indicate when it will expire. The process for renewing the registration on a custom or antique/historic vehicle is the same as renewing the registration on a regular motor vehicle.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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