Pro-Hobbyist Street Rod and Custom Vehicle Bill Introduced in Ohio

SEMA model legislation (H.B. 391) that would create a vehicle registration and titling classification for street rods and custom vehicles and provide for special license plates for these vehicles will be considered by the Ohio Infrastructure, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs Committee.  Introduced by State Representatives John Hagan ( and Kenny Yuko (, H.B. 391 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.  The bill allows kit cars and replica vehicles to be assigned a certificate of title bearing the same model year designation the body of the vehicle most closely resembles. 
  • H.B. 391 provides specific registration/titling classes and license plates for street rods and customs.
  • H.B. 391 includes street rods and customs (including replicas) in the historical motor vehicle definition for the purpose of holding these vehicles only to the equipment standards specified by law during the model year listed on the title of the vehicle.
  • H.B. 391 provides that a replica vehicle can be assigned the same model year designation as the production vehicle it most closely resembles.
  • H.B. 391 permits street rods and custom vehicles to display blue dot taillights.