A "specially constructed vehicle" includes every type of vehicle that is required to be registered in this state that is:

  • not originally constructed under a distinctive name, make, model, or type by a generally recognized manufacturer of vehicles, and
  • not materially altered from its original construction.

This includes homemade trailers.

To title and register a specially constructed vehicle, the owner must provide the following information to the DMV; this may require more than one visit:

  • A completed Form TC-569A "Ownership Statement", explaining how the essential parts were acquired, describing the construction of the vehicle and the completion date.
  • Bills of sale for essential parts that were used (essential parts include the frame and body). If bills of sale are not available, the "Ownership Statement" must state in detail why they cannot be surrendered. Not having bills of sale for essential parts may require the owner to post a bond.
  • Original bills of sale and receipts for other parts used in construction of the vehicle.
  • Complete a Form TC-162 "Application for Utah Motor Vehicle Identification Number" and a Form TC-656 "Application For Utah Title".
  • Provide pictures of the vehicle that clearly show the condition of the interior and all sides of the exterior of the vehicle.
  • Safety inspection certificate and emission inspection certificate, if applicable. Vehicles with 1967 or older engines do not require an emission test. In counties that require emissions testing, the owner must obtain a waiver from the local county emissions office.

If all requirements are met, the vehicle owner will receive a Utah Official ID number for the vehicle. The owner will be instructed as to how to affix the assigned ID number to the specially constructed vehicle. After installation, the VIN must be inspected by a police officer or a DMV-CSR.

The title and registration will reflect the make of the vehicle as "SPCN" (specially constructed) and the year of the vehicle is determined by date construction is completed.

The assigned ID number must be affixed to the vehicle by the owner as instructed by the DMV office. After installation, the VIN must be inspected by a police officer, DMV-CSR or certified safety inspector.

In addition to the above procedures, all other title and registration requirements must be met, including payment of fees and sales tax. Sales tax is due on the amount paid for all parts, except for parts on which sales tax has already been paid.

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