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Important Hobbyist Information

This page has links to important information for car hobbyists. First is information on titling including info on checking VINs and getting a bill of sale along with making sure you get the proper info on your title. That is followed by antique vehicle information that is useful to people who are buying and registering an antique. Last is a list of links to websites that have information that is useful to hobbyists. This page will be updated as needed. Be sure to check the Virginia Associatin of Car Councils for information on General Assembly bills relating to automotive legislation at VAACC.org.

DMV Titling Information

This contains information from the DMV speakers at the August 2015 meeting and some other information that I hope you will find useful. If in doubt about anything email or call the DMV administrators in the document; I have their contact information listed. And for the millionth time be sure to check to see if the VIN matches the VIN on the vehicle before buying it. This can save you a lot of trouble - just ask anyone who has purchased a vehicle without a matching VIN. There is also valuable info on purchasing an older vehicle from a non-title state. If you are thinking about buying a vehicle from a non-title state be sure to read it. Link to the document: Antique Vehicle Titling and Registration. I also have a bill of sale for use in buying or selling an antique vehicle: Bill of Sale; and a bill of sale for use if the signatures need to be notarized: Bill of Sale.

You may also find these links useful. The following link goes to the National Insurance Crime Bureau where you can put in a VIN that will be checked for fraud and theft at no cost. The link is www.nicb.org/theft_and_fraud_awareness/vincheck. You should do some research on the vehicle you are thinking about buying, check the VIN to make sure it matches the vehicle and of course make sure the VIN on the vehicle and title match.

The next link goes to Stolen Car Reports, another free service. At this site you can register a stolen vehicle. You can also search a zip code, city or area for the vehicles that were stolen from that area. The link is www.stolencarreports.com/report/Search.

Antique Plate Info Flyer Online

The council delegates have approved the flyer with information on antique plates and a link to it is online here: flyer opens to a new window. Council members and antique owners may print the flyer for their own reference or distribute it to those who own or are considering registering a vehicle as an antique. It will remain on the site for an undetermined time.

Links of Interest to Car Hobbyists

Member Councils

Car Club Council of Hampton Roads

Car Club Council of Central Virginia

Virginia Peninsula Car Club Council

General Assembly and Laws

Legislative Information System Home

General Assembly Home

Code of Virginia

License plates for antique motor vehicles - State Law

Property Tax Exemption for antique motor vehicles classified as household goods

Antique motor vehicles are classified as household goods and cannot be taxed unless the locality taxes all household goods

Titling and registration of replica vehicles - State Law

Right to keep inoperative vehicles on your property - State Law

Cities and Counties cannot charge for stickers/local registration fee on antique vehicles

Antique vehicles exempt from exhaust law

Motor vehicle recording devices - "black boxes" - State Law

Bill Tracking

General Assembly Members/Committees

Find Your Legislators

If you are building a car, truck, bike or considering modifying one you should check out the state law requirements. You can see them all by going to www.vsp.state.va.us/Safety_AntiqueVehicle.shtm or click on the links below to the Code of Virginia.

46.2-1014.1. Supplemental high mount stop light.

46.2-1038. When turn signals required; exceptions.

46.2-1039. Requirements of turn signals; regulations.

46.2-1048. Pollution control systems or devices.

46.2-1055.1. Windshield defroster or defogger.

46.2-1055. Windshield wipers.

46.2-1056. When safety glass required.

46.2-1057. Windshields.

46.2-1069. Brakes on motorcycles.

46.2-1082. Mirrors.

46.2-1088.1. Hood scoops.

46.2-1092. Safety lap belts or a combination of lap belts and shoulder harnesses to be installed in certain motor vehicles.

46.2-1049 Exhaust system in good working order.

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