The SEMA Action Network is always working hard to ensure that we keep this hobby alive. If you live in Texas and have built your car from the ground up using parts that were not manufactured from a recognized vehicle company, then you can probably understand the frustration for registering your car as a street rod and custom. The current law in Texas states that if your car does not have a body, motor, or frame that has been manufactured by a vehicle manufacturer, then you may not register your car as a street rod and custom.
Kit cars for example, do not use parts that are recognized by a vehicle manufacturer. A 2011 law that was a product of SEMA model legislation will allow for cars that are made to resemble older vehicles, but have been altered from the original design of the manufacturer, may be titled as a street rod and custom vehicle. Another good piece of news from the Texas DMV is that vehicles altered from the original steel body will not have to carry the title with “Replica” attached to it.
This is great news for all of you builders out in the state of Texas! We will keep you updated on the progress of this legislation when the news hits.