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TITLE AND REGISTRATION


Custom Vehicles and Street Rods

The following procedures pertain to the issuance of titles and registrations for Custom Vehicles and Street Rods.

  1. The vehicle owner must complete the title/registration application form and submit it, along with payment for all applicable fees and taxes, to the Secretary of State.
    • The "make" of the vehicle on the title/registration will be the same as the manufacturer of the body (e.g., "Ford" if the custom vehicle or street rod is built from a Ford body, or "Superformance" if the custom vehicle or street rod is built from a kit with a body from that manufacturer).
    • The "model" listed on the title/registration will be "Street Rod" (if the vehicle is built to resemble a 1948 or older model) or "Custom Vehicle" (if the vehicle is built to resemble a 1949 or newer vehicle).
    • The "year" listed on the title/registration will be the year of vehicle it is designed to resemble. (Examples: a replica 1966 Cobra would be Make: Cobra; Model: Custom Vehicle; Year: 1966. A 1923 T-Bucket would be Make: Ford; Model: Street Rod; Year: 1923.).
    • The VIN listed on the title/registration will be the VIN shown on the body. (If this VIN does not conform to the layout of current manufacturer's VINs, the Secretary of State computer program will be overridden and the VIN appearing on the body will be entered.) If the manufacturer does not affix a VIN to the body, a Secretary of State-assigned VIN must be assigned and affixed.
    • The body style listed on the title/registration will be the actual body style of the completed custom vehicle or street rod (e.g., coupe, sedan, convertible).
  2. For vehicles meeting the definition of Custom Vehicle or Street Rod, the application must include:
    • Source documentation for the body, including a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN). This documentation must be one of the following:
      — Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin for the body (if a new body is being utilized as in a kit car); or
      — Certificate of Title for the vehicle from which the body was obtained; or
      — The applicant may apply for a title, without ownership documentation, if he/she submits bills of sales and utilizes the bonding procedures set forth in 625 ILCS 5/3-109.
    • Source documentation for the frame, including a VIN. This documentation must be one of the following:
      — Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin for the frame (if a new frame is being utilized as in a kit car); or
      — Certificate of Title for the vehicle from which the frame was obtained; or
      — The applicant may apply for a title, without ownership documentation, if he/she submits bills of sales and utilizes the bonding procedures set forth in 625 ILCS 5/3-109.
      — Source documentation, along with bills of sale or other ownership documents, for the engine and all essential parts.
      — Four (4) photographs of the completed vehicle (front, rear, and both sides).
      — A statement describing how the vehicle was constructed.
  3. The above documentation must be forwarded to the Illinois Secretary of State. Upon approval (of the submitted documentation) the owner will be provided with a non-renewable 90-day Temporary Registration Permit (TRP), and the Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Safety Inspection form. The owner will also be provided with a schedule of events, or the location of a facility, where the vehicle may be inspected.
  4. If the vehicle passes the Street Rod and Custom Vehicle inspection, the completed form is to be returned to the Secretary of State, whereupon the title/registration will be issued.
  5. As an alternative, Custom Vehicles or Street Rods may be titled/registered using the procedures for Specially Constructed Vehicles.

To use this process, the applicant must forward four (4) photographs of the completed vehicle (front, rear, and both side views), along with the chassis title and all bills of sale (or other ownership documents) for all essential parts of the vehicles, or a certificate of origin from the manufacturer (if the vehicle was assembled entirely from a kit). Accompanying this material must be a completed title application with a check made out to the Secretary of State for $95 (if only a title is being requested), or a completed title and registration application along with a check for $196, and the appropriate sales tax form with a check made out to the Illinois Department of Revenue for the amount of sales tax due. After the paperwork has been approved the Secretary of State Police will contact the applicant about scheduling an inspection. Forward all of the above to:
Illinois Secretary of State
Attn: Custom Vehicle / Street Rod
Michael J. Howlett Bldg.
501 S. 2nd St., Rm. 698
Springfield, IL 62756

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