• Jan 14, 2011
Obtaining a legal title and registration is oftentimes one of the most difficult procedures custom car builders will face on the long road to getting their beloved hobby cars out of the garage and into the parking lot at the local Friday night car show.

Good news, automotive hobbyists: the SEMA Action Network is here to help make the process just a wee bit easier with a handy-dandy 50-state guide that cuts through some red tape and outlines the various steps in order to make you legal.

SEMA is quick to point out that its guide is merely meant to be an informative supplement, and that it still may not be an easy process to get your hobby car on the road. Feel free to peruse your state's guidelines here.

[Source: SEMA Action Network]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      MA:
      Specially constructed vehicles are not mentioned as being exempt from OBD requirements...
      Unless they can be considered to be "the first model year" (MY).
      can they?

      Anyone know?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'll quote:

        Emissions Exemptions
        Massachusetts performs an OBD emissions test annually on MY 1996. Vehicles manufactured before MY
        1996 no longer receive tailpipe emissions tests, but fail their safety inspections if they produce visible
        smoke.
        Diesel Vehicles:
        The following diesel vehicles are tested annually with an OBD emissions test: MY 1997 and newer lightduty
        diesel vehicles (weighing 8,500 pounds or less), MY 2007 and newer medium-duty diesel vehicles
        (weighing 8,501 to 14,000 pounds), and a smoke opacity tests for visible smoke from heavy-duty diesel
        vehicles (weighing more than 10,000 pounds GVWR). Light duty and medium duty diesel vehicles are
        exempted from emissions inspections when they are 15 or more MY old. Any diesel vehicle with a model
        year earlier than 1984 is exempt.
        Exemptions:
        1. New vehicles being registered in their first MY
        2. Pre-1996 MY vehicles or that is 15 or more MYs old
        3. Medium duty (weighing 8,501 to 14,000 pounds GVWR) non-diesel vehicles manufactured before MY
        2008 or that are 15 or more MYs old
        4. As of April 30, 2011, street rods and custom vehicles
        5. Specially constructed and replica vehicles until April 30, 2012, at which time they will be tested based
        on the model year of the engine installed

        Definitions:
        "Custom vehicle", a motor vehicle for which the year of manufacture is after 1948, for which the
        model year is at least 25 years old and that has been altered from the manufacturer's original design or
        has a body constructed, in whole or in part, from non-original materials.
        "Model year", the model year indicated on a motor vehicle's certificate of origin or, if there is no such
        certificate, the model year the body of such vehicle most closely resembles.
        "Replica vehicle", a motor vehicle constructed or assembled by a non-manufacturer from new or used
        parts that, when assembled, replicates an earlier year, make and model vehicle.
        "Specially-constructed vehicle", a motor vehicle reconstructed or assembled by a non-manufacturer
        from new or used parts, the exterior of which does not replicate or resemble any other manufactured
        vehicle.
        "Street rod", a motor vehicle for which the year of manufacture is prior to 1949, and which has been
        altered from the manufacturer's original design or has a body constructed from non-original materials.
      • 4 Years Ago
      What, no DC love?
      • 4 Years Ago
      On a separate but related note: I just got a BMW Z4 M Coupe, and I wish there was something I could do about the registration and inspection stickers. The M Coupe has a tiny little windshield, and the two stickers will take up about 10% of my viewing area. Bullocks!
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is actually really awesome. I know a lot of people that have been looking for something like this for quite a while, including myself. Consider it bookmarked :-)