Chapter 9, Section C:|
Revised September 8, 2008
Year Model and Make Determined by Chassis
The title issued to a “reconstructed
vehicle” using an existing factory-made chassis and a kit will indicate
the make, year model, and VIN of the vehicle as identified on the title.
The make identified on the kit will be indicated in the "body type"
block. "Rebuilt" will be indicated in the "brand" block.
If the MCO or Invoice for the kit shows an
identification number, this number must be captured as the secondary
identification number on the Title. Example: If a Mercedes kit is placed
over a 78 Ford chassis, the make of vehicle will be “Ford”; the series
will be “MRZ”; and the model year will be “78.” (In effect we now have a
"Mercedes-series 78 Ford.")
Certificate of Title and Registration will indicate in the “BRAND” field
that it is a “REBUILT” vehicle.
- Certificate of title
The current Title for the existing chassis.
- Manufacturer's Certificate of
Origin (MCO) or Certificate of Title
- Kit Invoices
- Affirmation for Specially Constructed or
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
- 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
- Weight Certificate
Must be provided to accurately assess registration fees (exept for
motorcycles and off-highway vehicles).
- Affidavit of VIN
Required for each different VIN that appears on the vehicle's
factory chassis, cab and/or engine.
- NCIC check
If there are different VINs on the
factory chassis, cab and/or engine, an NCIC check is required on
- 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
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
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
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
Normal fees apply. The excise tax will be based on the sale price
indicated on the invoice for vehicle chassis, kit and any other
parts purchased to construct the vehicle, plus labor involved in
rebuilding the vehicle.