Law & Order

New Mexico Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Approved by Senate Committee

SEMA-model legislation to create a vehicle registration classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee. The bill will now be considered by the Senate Finance Committee. The bill defines a street rod as an altered vehicle manufactured before 1949 and a custom as an altered vehicle at least 25 years old and manufactured after 1948. Among other things, the measure allows for the use of non-original materials; creates a titling and registration criterion that assigns these vehicles the same model-year designation as the production vehicle they most closely resemble; only holds street rods, customs and replicas to the equipment standards specified by law during the model year listed on the title of the vehicle; and provides for a one-time registration and plate fee of $100. 

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