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043-11 House Bill 890, Custom Vehicles and Street Rods

Registration and Title Bulletin - #043-11

Date: August 10, 2011


All County Tax Assessor-Collectors

Subject: House Bill 890, Custom Vehicles and Street Rods.


To notify you of a change made by HB 890, 82nd Legislature, Regular Session.


HB 890 adds two new vehicle definitions and authorizes two new specialty license plates for custom vehicles and street rods. In addition, this legislation revises the titling procedures for assembled vehicles and requires the TxDMV to create an inspection process for these vehicles.

A street rod is defined as a vehicle manufactured before 1949 or after 1948 that looks like a vehicle manufactured before 1949. A custom vehicle is a vehicle at least 25 years old and of a model year after 1948 or built to resemble a vehicle at least 25 years old and of a model year after 1948.

Although the effective date is September 1, 2011, the creation and implementation of the safety inspection program and other aspects of the program involve many stakeholders and constituencies. As a result, it will take some time to effectively create and implement this legislation.


Please continue to title these vehicles under the current process (e.g. assembled) until we notify you that the program is ready for implementation.


If you need additional information, please contact your local TxDMV Regional Service Center.

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