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Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Pennsylvania. 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 Pennsylvania for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a PennDOT Service Center near you.
WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?
- In Pennsylvania, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle more than 25 years old. A classic vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle at least 15 years old. A street rod is defined as any motor vehicle that is a 1948 or older model and has altered parts. Its registered weight or gross weight should not be over 9000 pounds.
- The State defines a custom-built vehicle or specially constructed vehicle as one not originally built under a distinctive make, name, type or model of a known vehicle maker. It covers vehicles which are finished products assembled from kits or/and from other vehicle parts and no longer resemble the originals. No model year will be assigned.
HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE
You will have to visit a PennDOT Service Center 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 - Form MV-1 (to be collected from a Driver License Centre), when obtaining a title for a new, custom-built vehicle.
- The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin or Certificate of Salvage, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
- Completed Bill of Sale for the vehicle or parts bought.
- A completed Builder's Affidavit (Form MV- 426B) for a custom-built vehicle.
- An Inspector's Report in form MV- 426B certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road. The Department of Transportation's enhanced vehicle safety inspector will provide the report, following the vehicle inspection. A Manufacturer's Statement of Origin may also be required.
When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling fees. The Pennsylvania Department of Transportation accepts 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.
- Auto Insurance is required for all custom vehicles operated in Pennsylvania.
- See also Title Transfers and Registering a Non-Custom Vehicle.
- Street rods and custom-built vehicles must undergo annual inspection for safety. They are not exempt.
- Specially constructed or reconstructed vehicles may be rejected for registration if they do not have bumpers, fenders, engine enclosure with a fan shroud.
- Home built trailers would need additional documents.