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How to Register a Custom or Antique Vehicle in Wisconsin

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Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of Wisconsin. 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 Wisconsin for a first time registration, or if you have custom-assembled a vehicle in the State, you will be referred to a DMV Service Centre or Title/Registration Agent Office near you.

WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?

  • In Wisconsin, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that is a 1945 or earlier model and has not been changed. A Street Rod or Hot Rod is any motor vehicle that is at least 20 years old and might be modified from original specifications of the manufacturer but does not resemble the original brand.
  • The State defines a custom-built vehicle as any motor vehicle that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using new or used parts. A ‘Replica' is a vehicle that is a reproduction of one built originally 20 years ago by another manufacturer. ‘Kit Cars' fall in this category.

HOW TO REGISTER AN ANTIQUE OR CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLE

You will have to visit a DMV Service Centre or Title/Registration Agent 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. An Inspector's Report, certifying that the vehicle is safe to take on the road. The DMV State Patrol Officer will provide the report, following the vehicle inspection.
  5. Bill of Sale for all important component receipts (if the vehicle is not titled in your name).
  6. A VIN- vehicle identification number if a rolling chassis has been purchased (if the vehicle is not titled in your name).

FEES

When registering an antique or custom-built vehicle, you will be required to pay the appropriate titling fees. The Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles accepts money orders or checks drawn in the name of ‘Registration Fee Trust'.

RENEWING A CUSTOM-BUILT OR ANTIQUE VEHICLE REGISTRATION

Your hobbyist license plate registration does not expire till you remain its owner. In other circumstances, 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.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

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