How to Have a Title Made for a Kit Car

by Kayar Sprang

"Kit cars" are exactly what their name implies. They are cars built from kits. Sometimes they are built by using the frames of existing cars. They often use new or used manufactured parts such as engines, transmissions and airbags. Just like cars built by Ford or Chevy, kit cars require a title, valid registration and license plates to be driven on the road legally. There's a process to get a title. It's relatively easy as long as you have all the necessary paperwork.

Go to a local deputy registrar's office to get an inspection application. You'll need to pay a fee at this time.

Call the local State Highway Patrol office. Make an appointment for an inspection so you can have a title made for a kit car.

Gather together all the paperwork that resulted from building your car. You'll need the manufacturer's certificate of origin and the original receipts for all the parts you used to make a kit car. If you purchased any parts from a private source, those receipts need to be notarized. If you used a vehicle to build a kit car, you'll need the original car title.

Take the inspection application and your receipts to the State Highway Patrol office for your appointment. The patrol will inspect your kit car to make sure the parts and receipts match. You may be instructed to remove certain parts so the VINs (vehicle identification numbers) can be found.

Receive the completed inspection form back after your kit car passes the inspection. Take this form to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get a title. You'll need to pay a fee for the title. Now you have a legal certificate of ownership for your car kit.

Tip

  • check The State Highway Patrol doesn't inspect your kit car to make sure it's roadworthy and safe to drive. The emphasis of the inspection is on the parts.

Warnings

  • close To have a title made for a kit car, you must have original receipts for major parts. These include the engine, deck lid, bumper, front fenders, hatchback, rear door, dash, hood, transmission, tailgate, doors, rear quarters, frame and airbags.
  • close If you don't have all the necessary paperwork when you take your kit car to be inspected, it won't pass. You'll need to reschedule a new inspection.

Items you will need

About the Author

Kayar Sprang has been a professional freelance writer and researcher since 1999. She has had articles published by clients like Kraft Foods, "Woman's Day" magazine and Mom Junction. Sprang specializes in subjects she has expertise in, including gardening and home improvement. She lives on and maintains a multi-acre farm.