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REGISTRATION AND TITLE GUIDELINES VEHICLES OVER 25 YEARS OLD

International Vehicle Importers (IVI). will provide all the necessary legal documents needed to title and register your over 25 year old vehicle in most states. We recommend using a DMV service, if available, to help you with the process. Imported vehicles are out of the normal for most clerks, so having a service take the documents for you, helps. AAA, or look up a Registration ServiceĀ to see if anything is available locally. The documents are as follows:

1. Customs Entry Summary (Customs Clearance)

7501 - Entry Summary (can be paperless) For multiple vehicle entries, the information may be over two pages.

Customs form 7501

3461 - Entry/Immediate Delivery Document(can be paperless) For multiple vehicle entries, there may be only a single original of this document.

Customs form 3461

2. DOT Entry Document- HS7 (this is not a requirement for paperless entry)

The HS7 is the NHTSA entry document for customs. Now days, with paperless entries, you might find that this document is not stamped by US customs.

HS7 document

3. EPA 3520-1 Entry Document

The 3520-1 is the EPA entry document for customs. Now days, with paperless entries, you might find that this document is not stamped by US customs.

3520-1

4. Export Certificate (also called Deregistration certificate)

The Export Certificate is the Japanese equivalent of a title. It has all of the vehicles pertinent information on it. In the top middle of the document is the date of first registration. If a date of manufacture can not be determined, then this date can be used to prove the vehicle is over 25 years old, and FMVSS exempt. In this case the date of first registration is given as 6/1989. The last box at the top has the chassis number. In this case it starts HCR32, showing this vehicle is a Nissan Skyline GTS. Right under there is the engine or RB20. The owner and user with addresses are listed in the next section. Under that is the cars dimensions and weight. Under that section are notes. You will often see mileage information here. This is a very important document, please do not lose it.

Export Certificate equivalent of a Japanese title and registration document

5. DMV Document

Bill of Sale - Noting VIN, Purchase Price, Seller, and Buyer  : California Reg 135 or Reg 262

Every state has its own requirements, fees, inspections, and taxes when it comes to titling and registering a vehicle. Prior to purchasing any vehicle, we highly recommend checking with your local authorities to verify the procedure, and documents required.

In most cases, the only documentation needed to transfer registration of the vehicle from us to you is the documentation above. Some states may require a Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) verification. A 25 year old Japanese car doesn't have a 17 digit VIN/Chassis number. Vehicles over 25 years old are not required to meet FMVSS standards, so they aren't required to have a 17 digit VIN. Some states may have some specific title requirements, but please read this newsletter from the NHTSA before they "assign" a VIN to your vehicle. http://www.importavehicle.info/2014/03/can-i-have-two-vins-on-my-car-or-vin.html

Please make extra copies of the documents we provide for your records. The Japanese Export Certificate/Deregistration is not reproducible. Please do not lose it, there is only one original.

California - California has some specific Direct Import requirements that make it very difficult to register a vehicle. Please see this DMV newsletter. http://www.importavehicle.info/2014/06/california-vehicle-industry-news-2014-14.html

Hawaii - Hawaii has some specific requirements that make it very difficult to register a vehicle. Please see the following post about Hawaii regulations. http://www.importavehicle.info/2014/02/direct-import-vehicles-over-25-years.html

 

Registration Services by State

A registration service can speed up the titling process of your imported vehicle. They know the documents that the DMV needs, and they will be able to save you lots of time and frustration. We don’t endorse any of these services, but are rather provided as examples.

Title Information By State
 
 

State
State in Italic, are Not all Titled
Type of Vehicle
Title Boats?
Became a Titled State
Telephone
Number
Alabama
1980 & Newer
No
1975
334-242-9000
Alaska
All Vehicles
No
1951
907-269-5551
Arizona
All Vehicles
No
1927
602-255-0072
Arkansas
All Vehicles
No
1950
501-682-4692
California
All vehicles
Yes
1936
800-777-0133
Colorado
All Vehicles
No
1925
303-205-5600
Connecticut
20 Years and Newer
Yes, 2017
1959
860-263-5700
Delaware
All Vehicles
No
1941
302-744-2500
District of Columbia
All Vehicles
Yes
1932
202-737-4404
Florida
All Vehicles
Yes
1923
850-617-2000
Georgia
1986 and Newer
No
1962
855-406-5221
Hawaii
All Vehicles
No
1929
808-532-7700
Idaho
All Vehicles
Yes
1927
208-334-8663
Illinois
All Vehicles
Yes
1934
217-785-3000
Indiana
All Vehicles
Yes
1921
888-692-6841
Iowa
All Vehicles
Yes
1953
515-237-3110
Kansas
All Vehicles
No
1937
785-296-3621
Kentucky
All Vehicles
Yes
1974
502-567-1257
Louisiana
All Vehicles
No
1950
225-925-6146
Maine
1995 & Newer
No
1974
207-624-9000
Maryland
All Vehicles
Yes
1920
301-729-4550
Massachusetts
1990 & Newer
Yes
1972
857-368-8000
Michigan
All Vehicles
Yes
1921
888-767-6424
Minnesota
All Vehicles
Yes
1972
651-297-2126
Mississippi
All Vehicles
No
1969
601-923-7200
Missouri
All Vehicles
Yes
1921
573-526-3669
Montana
All Vehicles
Yes
1926
406-444-3661
Nebraska
All Vehicles
Yes
1939
402-471-2281
Nevada
All Vehicles
Yes
1931
775-684-4368
New Hampshire
15 years and Newer
No
1968
603-227-4000
New Jersey
All Vehicles
Yes
1946
609-292-6500
New Mexico
All Vehicles
Yes
1912
888-683-4636
New York
1973 and Newer
Yes
1972
718-477-4820
North Carolina
All Vehicles
Yes
1923
919-715-7000
North Dakota
All Vehicles
No
1927
701-328-2725
Ohio
All Vehicles
Yes
1938
614-752-7500
Oklahoma
All Vehicles
Yes
1925
405-521-3160
Oregon
All Vehicles
Yes
1925
503-945-5000
Pennsylvania
All Vehicles
Yes
1923
717-412-5300
Rhode Island
2001 and Newer
Yes
1972
401-462-5774
South Carolina
All Vehicles
Yes
1958
803-896-5000
South Dakota
All Vehicles
Yes
1925
605-773-3541
Tennessee
All Vehicles
No
1951
615-741-3101
Texas
All Vehicles
Yes
1939
888-368-4689
Utah
All Vehicles
Yes
1934
801-297-7780
Vermont
15 years and Newer
Yes
1971
802-828-2000
Virginia
All Vehicles
Yes
1924
804-497-7100
Washington
All Vehicles
Yes
1967
360-902-3770
West Virginia
All Vehicles
Yes
1930
304-558-3900
Wisconsin
All Vehicles
Yes
1927
608-266-1466
Wyoming
All Vehicles
Yes
1935
307-777-4851

 

Alabama -

Official - http://revenue.alabama.gov/motorvehicle/

Services - www.alabma.aaa.com

 

Alaska -

Official - http://doa.alaska.gov/dmv/reg/INDEX.htm

Services - www.mountainwest.aaa.com

 

Arizona -

Official - http://www.azdot.gov/mvd/

Services - N/A

 

Arkansas -

Official - http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/motorVehicle/Pages/default.aspx

Services - N/A

 

California -

Official - California New Registration Requirements

HTVR9A - https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/how-to-register-a-vehicle-imported-from-another-country-direct-import-htvr-9a/

Services - N/A

 

Colorado -

Official - http://www.colorado.gov/cs/Satellite/Revenue-MV/RMV/1177024843069

Services - http://www.colorado.aaa.com

 

Washington -

Official - http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/buyingacar.html

Services - http://www.fastcartabs.com/ballard_licensing_title.htm