The Frankenstein of the Car World: Specially Constructed Vehicles

by Jim Thompson | Last Updated: January 11, 2021

Specially Constructed Vehicles Defined

Any car not constructed by a licensed manufacturer is considered a “specially constructed” vehicle. Often, these cars are made from parts taken from different manufacturers, and they are composed of different makes and models of other cars. Thus, these cars don’t look or drive like any certain make or model on the market. Some even use homemade parts!

Because of the “special” nature of these specially constructed cars, most state’s DMVs require that these cars have a Specially Constructed Vehicle title.

Note: Just because a vehicle is made from parts of all one manufacturer (say Toyota, for example), if the car was constructed by an unlicensed manufacturer or individual, it still qualifies as a specially constructed vehicle. Also, cars made with various vehicle kits, glider kits, or assembled from many different manufacturers or homemade parts all count as specially constructed vehicles!

If you’re not sure whether or not you’re purchasing a “specially constructed vehicle” or not (for example, you may have a customized car that still comes from the manufacturer), talk to your mechanic, your insurance company, or a representative at the DMV BEFORE purchasing the vehicle!

How Do I Apply for a Specially Constructed Vehicle Title?

This depends on what state you live in. However, below is a list of steps often involved in the process of requesting a specially constructed vehicle title:

Remember: When you’re done with all of your forms and documentation, you can bring these documents to the DMV to apply for the title!