Chapter 9, Section A:
Reconstructed, Rebuilt or Homemade/Shop-Built Vehicles

Revised September 8, 2008

Reconstructed, rebuilt, homemade or shop-built vehicles may be titled if the applicant has all the required documents and provided that the vehicle conforms to all vehicle equipment safety standards applicable to the particular vehicle.


  1. Manufacturer's Certificate of Origin (MCO) or Certificate of Title

    Required only for a factory chassis. Does not apply if the chassis is homemade/“shop built”.
  2. Invoices and Bills of Sale

    Must be provided for all parts purchased to build the vehicle.
  3. Affirmation for Specially Constructed or Reconstructed Vehicle

    The "Affirmation for Specially Constructed or Reconstructed Vehicle" form (MVD-10015), must be completed and signed by the applicant attesting to the fact that the vehicle has been constructed or reconstructed from a factory or homemade/“shop built” chassis. The affirmation also indicates whether the vehicle was previously titled or registered in another state.
  4. Vehicle Equipment Affirmation

    The "Vehicle Equipment Affirmation" form (MVD-10053), must be completed and signed by the applicant. Review the document to be sure that the applicant has checked off all equipment required for the type of vehicle being registered. Assembled vehicles must comply with federal standards for highway use (this is the owner's responsibility). If the applicant tells you that some of the equipment is still missing or not working, DO NOT process the transaction.
  5. Weight Certificate

    Must be provided to accurately assess registration fees (exept for motorcycles and off-highway vehicles).
  6. Affidavit of VIN

    Required for each different VIN that appears on the vehicle's factory chassis, cab and/or engine.
  7. NCIC check

    If there are different VINs on the factory chassis, cab and/or engine, an NCIC check is required on each VIN.
  8. New Mexico Assigned VIN

    For home-made trailers and other vehicles that require a secondary number, a New Mexico Assigned VIN must be affixed to the vehicle by a Motor Vehicle Division employee or a certified Law Enforcement Inspector.

    When preparing to affix the New Mexico Assigned VIN plate to vehicle, if the vehicle obviously does not comply with vehicle equipment standards, do not attach the plate. Instead, VOID the transaction.

    Factory-Made Chassis Determines Year Model
    On vehicles that are reconstructed, the chassis (when the chassis, parts and equipment, including the frame, are standard factory equipment) will determine the year model of a vehicle. Enter the VIN from the title of the chassis as the primary number and a New Mexico Assigned VIN as a secondary vehicle identification number. The vehicle must be identified as "REBUILT" in the "brand" field. The Title Application (all copies) must be stamped with the "REBUILT" brand.

    Shop-Built Chassis Determines Year Model
    If the vehicle, including the chassis and/or body, is built from scrap metal, “shop-built” parts or parts from other vehicles, the year in which the vehicle is built will determine the year model. The vehicle make will be "HOMEMADE," and the constructed vehicle must comply with all current safety requirements for highway operation. Assign a New Mexico Assigned VIN as the primary vehicle identification number.
  9. Fees

    Normal fees apply. The excise tax will be based on the purchase price of the partially dismantled vehicle, other parts purchased, plus labor involved in rebuilding the vehicle.