Dallas Street Rods, Hot Rods, Custom Cars and Classics in
Dallas Customs and Street Rods
street rod in Texas, is a vehicle manufactured before 1949
or after 1948 that looks like a vehicle manufactured before 1949.
A custom vehicle is a vehicle at least 25 years old and of a model year
after 1948 or built to resemble a vehicle at least 25 years old and of a
model year after 1948.
The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles (TXDMV) is responsible for
issuing certificate of title and creating a safety inspection program
for custom vehicles and street rods.
Island Street Rods
Antiques and Classic cars
Vehicles registered as "Antiques" are exempt from
annual inspection. To see the restrictions on the use of antiques or to
obtain more information on how to register your vehicle as "Antique",
see the TXDMV website.
Vehicles registered as "Classic" are required to have an annual safety
inspection. These types of vehicles are inspected like any passenger
vehicle. Certain items of inspection, however, may or may not be
required to be inspected, depending on the age of the car. (For example,
seatbelts and anchorages are only required if the vehicle was originally
manufactured with them.)
Vehicles are required to meet the emissions
standards for the year the vehicle is assembled. Vehicle manufacturers
have to certify that their vehicles meet EPA emissions standards. Many
kit car manufacturers comply with this requirement. If you purchase a
kit car, follow the instructions on assembly, including the emissions
components. The vehicle must pass an emissions test just like any other
Just as the EPA does not allow an individual to reverse engineer a
vehicle to defeat emission standards, they do not allow an individual to
build a brand new "old" vehicle to bypass emissions standards. It is
possible if you actually use old parts (like a 1965 engine, or complete
60s frame and power train) that the vehicle will be registered as that
model year (replica), but that is determined by TXDMV. The inspection
station will follow the registration classification on the vehicle in
determining the inspection criteria.