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Like most other motor vehicles, custom-built and antique vehicles must be properly registered and titled in the state of West Virginia.
WHAT ARE ANTIQUE AND CUSTOM BUILT VEHICLES?
- In West Virginia, an antique vehicle is defined as any motor vehicle that was manufactured at least twenty-five years ago and is used as a collector's item.
- The State defines a custom-built vehicle as any motor vehicle that has been assembled or completely reconstructed using new or used parts. 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
The process of registering an antique or custom-built vehicle is the same as registering a regular vehicle. However, if the vehicle is custom-built in West Virginia, you are also required to visit your local state police detachment with a completed VIN form to get your Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verified by an officer against other vehicle records to avoid duplicity.
This step is not required if you have brought an antique or custom-built vehicle into West Virginia for a first time registration and it was custom-built out-of-state.
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.