How to register an assembled vehicle in the State of Texas.
First thing you will need to do is to fill out an APPLICATION
FOR ASSIGNED OR REASSIGNED NUMBER form
VTR 68-A (This is the only link I could find on line) On the
back of the form are the numbers that you need to call to have
the local Vehicle theft unit come and inspect the car. When they
came I had to provide the following:
Title to the donor vehicle
Bill of Sale for the engine/transmission
Bill of Sale for the body
They will inspect the vehicle to find a location with an
original VIN number still visible. I had made the mistake of pop
riveting the Fiero VIN to my dash. Don't do this as you
can't get to it to remove it once the windshield is in place and
because it was fastened with non-OEM pop rivets, they knew it
was not original. Original OEM rivets have a rosette shape.
Fortunately, I could remove the defroster vent on the drivers
side (I had not hooked up hose) and they could see an original
VIN plate complete with rosette rivets still on the dash
assembly that satisfied the requirement.
They signed off on the form that I had already had notarized.
Now you need to drive to your nearest TXDOT
Office that assigns VIN numbers. Take all your paperwork and
pictures of the cars. You cannot have too much documentation.
In this case, they assigned a new VIN TEX112112 to my car.
It is registered as a 2002 Assembled Roadster. Save the forms.
You will need to etch on the vehicle or attach a plate with the
assigned VIN. I had a plate made that says State of Texas
Assigned VIN TEX112112 that I fastened to the inside of the
Now that you have a
VIN, you will need to contact your insurance company for an
insurance card. I am currently insured through Progressive and
since I already had 5 vehicles, they didn't really baulk at a
6th. I have a fixed value policy for $40K for $365 for 6 months.
After I get the car appraised, I may adjust the dollar amount.
There are no restrictions on use. Also State Farm will insure
kits if you already have coverage with them. This is
typically done as a courtesy to the policy holder
Now take your
Assigned VIN paperwork and your insurance card to your local tax
assessor's office and get a One Trip permit to get your vehicle
Drive your car to
the nearest inspection station, along will all of your paperwork
and have the car inspected. I forgot to adjust my emergency
brake so I failed and had to make a second trip. Plan on lots of
stares and questions from passers by. (I loved every minute of
it). When they issue the inspection sticker, make sure they use
the assigned VIN. You will also need the "Green Sheet" that says
it was inspected (like the window sticker but it has to be
turned into the registration office) Austin does not have
emissions testing, but for those who do, you may have to have it
tested. See the TXDOT link
http://www.txdps.state.tx.us/vi/Misc/engine.html or this
Fill out your
Form 130 and the form
VTR-61 Rebuilt Affidavit, which must be notarized . Now take
your paperwork, including photos, to you tax assessor office to
register your vehicle. This one is touchy as they may want to
charge you sales tax on parts that were not bought in state. I
managed to avoid this but it could be expensive if you had to
pay 6+% on $12,000 or more. They may also look for a weight
certificate. Again, I got past this one. A lot depends on the
person you get.
registration fees and receive your tags and windshield sticker.
You will note
that the Fiero VIN number is no longer visible as it was covered
up by a special plate I had made that talks about pride of
DONE ( Well almost)|