Originally Posted by texnewbi
Thanks for the welcome. I see that you are from Texas. Can you tell me what the procedure is to register a factory five car in Texas? Since there is no VIN number on the car, I have no idea on how to get registererd? I am planning on going to the court house and see if they can tell me. Thanks for the help.
Search on the forum some more, there's info around here. Go to the tax office where you get license plates. They will have the forms. But basically, don't sweat it until you're done and have the car -- you can't do anything in advance. You will need the MCO (from FFR) and an insurance card, along with your checkbook and proof that the car passed inspection. The tax office will have the forms, but I forget the numbers because it's been six or seven years since I went through this.
Registering isn't all that hard -- the tax office can assign a VIN number easily, usually based on the chassis number on the FFR MCO. You'll have to pay tax on the cost of the kit plus all the other parts you put into it. (Or, if you're having it built, whatever you pay for the finished car. Just pay it -- fudging the numbers is stupid, and criminal.)
In Houston-area counties, emissions compliance will be the pain in your butt at inspection (initial and ongoing). The days of registering as a '65 or a '33 are pretty much over in the big cities. So make sure you include some catalytic converters and so forth if you can, or figure out a creative way to deal with the headache of a car registered as a 2010 or 2011 that doesn't pass any modern standards of any sort! The best advice regarding "creative methods" is to keep quiet about them, because most of them are questionable at best. There are rumors of emissions waivers, but I've never heard of anyone actually having any luck going that route.
I lived in West U. for about six years -- Houston's a good city.