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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in South Dakota

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

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?

  • In South Dakota, an antique vehicle is called a Historic Vehicle and is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured more than thirty years before.
  • The State defines a custom-built vehicle as a Rebuilt Vehicle which is any motor vehicle that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using new or used parts and does not resemble the original vehicle from which the parts were taken. 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 County 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 renewal office:

  1. A completed and notarized Title Application, when obtaining a title for a new, custom-built vehicle.
  2. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled.
  3. A completed Builder's Affidavit for custom-built vehicles.
  4. A Bill of Sale showing vehicle ownership and for components used.
  5. An Inspector's Report certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road. The Highway Patrol or a Department of Revenue & Regulation Official will provide the report in a form prescribed and issued by the department, following the vehicle inspection.

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling fees. In addition, you will normally need to pay a $25 fee for special serial number. Some counties impose a wheel tax. You will normally also need to pay an Excise Tax, equivalent to 3% of the purchase price of the vehicle and is assessed only the first time that the vehicle is titled. The South Dakota Division of Motor Vehicles accepts checks.

RENEWING A CUSTOM-BUILT OR ANTIQUE VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Your custom-built or antique vehicle's registration must be renewed every year. 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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