Hi, and thank you for your patience. With regard to your post: I am building a custom motorcycle from scratch with some boughten parts, but the engine, front wheel and horn are from a motorcycle that was given to me by a cousin. There was never a title transfer. I contacted him to see if he had a title, but he dosn't have it any more. I also threw away the frame without keeping the VIN number, so I can't apply for a lost title. The only number I have is the engine number, but I don't believe it is a match for the frame number. The bike I used for the engine, front wheel and horn is a 1979 Suzuki GS 425.
My question is: Is there any way I can get a new title and regristration for my finished motorcycle? I believe so and there may be two ways: According to SD DMV, for a rebuilt vehicle (and I am thinking that would apply to all on the road machines): "The vehicle must be in running order before the original forms may be submitted to our office.
[Gee, ya think?] Complete an Application for Motor Vehicle Title and Registration. The application must be filed in the county of the new applicant's residence. The application must be signed by the record owner(s) or by an authorized agent for the record owner(s). [
You would consider yourself the record owner, because you will be providing record of your ownership - see below]. If the application is signed by an authorized agent, a power of attorney document must be attached to verify the appointment. Complete the Affidavit for Rebuilt Vehicles (MV-950) and submit to the county treasurer. Titles or bills of sale establishing ownership and receipts for parts must be attached.
[For this, I'd consider to things:
1) Your Cousin could seek the duplicate title, since he is the titled owner as of now of some other car, from which you only got a few parts, not you. If he does not have ANY records of the VIN, he may be able to get same from his then insurance carrier
, or check old insurance cards he may have filed away. etc. He may also seek a history of his past registrations/titles from DMV, to see what VINs where assigned to him. If he won't get the title dupe and then properly transfer it, you may be able to get him to write you a receipt for the parts, indicating that he owned XYZ parts, has given you (or sold for $1), each part, so you have a bill of sale/receipts for all part of the vehicle, then use your own receipts for those other parts to complete that requirement.] There is also a $25 special serial number fee (check is to be made out to the Division of Motor Vehicles). All forms, attachments, and fees must be submitted through the county treasurer's office. Rebuilt vehicles are subject to inspection by the Highway Patrol or an employee of the Department of Revenue. After inspection, the owner may take his copy of the certificate of inspection to the county treasurer, purchase license plates, and pay any tax owed. Once the Division of Motor Vehicles is notified that the inspection is complete and has verified that the correct amount of tax has been paid, a rebuilt title will be issued. Motor vehicle titling and registration fees are done through your local county treasurers office. Click here for all applicable license fees that must be paid to the county treasurer."
Now, in a sense this is akin to a custom built machine from all parts, none of which have a VIN at all, rather than a rebuilding of an old one, possibly. And I'd consider it a NEW custom built machine, not a previously titled "custom built" machine. As such, when you prove where you got each part, receipts from the store, affidavit perhaps as to any parts you had in your home forever, and receipt from your cousin, you can contribute the affidavit attached above and explain those details.
I'm not sure which way will be easiest for you - but the above ways are how I'd move on this in SD. It is noted by many, that workers at DMVs (and certainly the Treausury Office, in your state don't tend to have a clear understanding of the whole process and purpose. If PARTs don't always have VINs, then clearly you wouldn't have a VIN, and if you only bought / were gifted, PARTS, you also wouldn't have a title transferred necessarily. So you may just have to DO IT, and jump the hoops and explain to them if issues arise. You are certainly not the first person to do this in SD, so it is definitely doable. Already Tried:
The only thing I have tried was going to the Treasure office at our County Office and asking about it. They said I would need a title of the donor bike, receipts for the parts, and then getting it inspected by my state, and finally getting the new VIN. I live in South Dakota, Brown county.
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