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Missouri Titling Issues - HELP!


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I purchased a hot rod from Canada with a bill of sale only. The body is a '31 Ford (original) with a newly constructed (home made) frame and motor with a used block. The builder never had it vin'd or titled in Canada as the build was not completed. I have my paperwork from US Customs showing the vehicle is a 1931 and the DOT and EPA exemption forms they provided to me.

The Missouri Highway Patrol Inspection Commander has told me in a nice way to get f...d and export the vehicle...I'm not even allowed to have it in Missouri. He said I will never be able to get a VIN or Title for it without a Declaratory Judgement (proving legal ownership) in my favor. The bill of sale and customs paperwork is not sufficient to prove that I own all the major components. I must have the titles to the vehicles for the body, motor and other major components as well as all receipts in my name.

There has to be an easier and legal way to title my vehicle. Anyone with experience?

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Maybe hire a lawyer?

Yeah...I've investigated that route. $1,200-$1,500 just for the lawyer. In the end I sue the MSHP and DOR...seeking a Declaratory Judgement which would prove me as the legal owner. If successful, the judgment forces MSHP to issue a VIN and the DOR to issue a title. Not really the route I want to go, but still, it is an option.

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This is not that bad it just sounds bad. Whoever told you such a large sum of money is needed is a fool or a shyster lawyer.

The highway patrolman gave you good info or correct info. What you have to do is go before your county with all your paper work. Ask around find some other local hot rod guys who know which attorney you need to see to get the mater into the docket. About $50 for the attorney is fair another $50 for court cost and then your title will be issued. Have all paper work and all frame, body, and engine numbers listed. Not much money just a little time and effort. Good luck.

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