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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Virginia

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Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Virginia. 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 Virginia for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a DMV Customer Service Center near you.


  • In Virginia, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least 25 years before January 1st of the current calendar year.
  • The State defines a custom-built as any motor vehicle that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using new or used parts. Virginia has three types of custom-built vehicles. These are Reconstructed Vehicles, Specially Constructed Vehicles and Replica Vehicles. Reconstructed vehicles are registered with the make as "reconstructed." The model year will be the year in which the vehicle was built.


You can visit a DMV Customer Service Center near you to register your antique or custom-built vehicle. If your vehicle is reconstructed or considered a replica, it must be inspected by the DMV prior to titling and registration. When registering a custom-built or antique vehicle, you will need to bring the following materials to the office:

  1. A completed Application for Assigned Vehicle Number, when obtaining a title for a new, specially constructed, reconstructed or antique vehicle. In the case of a reconstructed vehicle, there might already be an established VIN number for the vehicle.
  2. Application for Title and Registration.
  3. Address proof.
  4. Bills of sale for all reconstruction parts.
  5. The Certificate of Title or manufacturer's certificate of origin, for antique or custom vehicles that have already been titled and documents proving ownership of all parts.
  6. A notarized statement of method of vehicle construction.
  7. Pictures of the constructed vehicle. Make sure to include at least one picture each of the front and back end of the vehicle.
  8. An Inspector's Report, conducted by the state motor vehicle inspectors certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road.

Note: You can also register your antique or custom-built vehicle by mail. You need to gather all the required paperwork mentioned above and along with the appropriate fees, mail it to:

Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles
ATTN: Titles and Registration Work Center
P.O. Box 27412
Richmond, VA 23269    

You will get your title and registration in the mail within three weeks.


When registering an antique or specially constructed vehicle, you will be required to pay the $10 titling fee, the $125 inspection fee, registration fee if applicable and the $5 VIN fee if your vehicle required a new VIN. In addition, when transferring a title, you will normally need to pay a Motor Vehicle Sales and Uses Tax, equivalent to 3% of the purchase price of the vehicle. Note that if you submit proof of retail sales tax paid on all the parts, this fee is waived. The Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles accepts cash, money orders or checks (with two forms of identification).


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.


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