Street Rod Plate

Street Rod Plate

A street rod vehicle means a vehicle manufactured in 1949 or before that has been altered or modified and may be referred to as a "street rod.” The main component of a street rod that must still be part of the original vehicle is the body, i.e. the body must be all original steel. This is commonly referred to as Detroit steel for American made vehicles of this era. There may be some body work to repair rust and dents, but it must still be repairs to the original steel body. A vehicle meeting the definition of street rod cannot be titled and/or registered as an antique due to alteration or modification.

“Kit cars” do not qualify as street rod vehicles. A kit car is intended to appear or resemble a vehicle manufactured in 1949 or before, but it was assembled after 1949 from parts manufactured after 1949.

To qualify you must:

  • Be a Kansas resident or a member of the military who is not a Kansas resident and is stationed at a Kansas military base or office.
  • Vehicle must be owned and titled in Kansas in the name of the applicant
  • The applicant for a Street Rod plate must also own or lease and have registered one or more vehicles which regular registration fees are paid.
  • Everyone applying for a Street Rod plate must be issued a Collector’s Number by the Division of Vehicles. The collector’s number is the number used for the registration number on the Street Rod plate. If the collector has more than one Street Rod vehicle registered, the registration number on the Street Rod plate will be followed by a letter. Example: 1st vehicle’s registration number would be 1234, the 2nd vehicle’s registration number would be 1234 A, the 3rd vehicle would be 1234 B and so on.

Steps to obtain the plate:

  • Complete and sign the Special Interest/Street Rod Affidavit, form number TR-145. The form is on the web at:
  • If you are making application for a second, third, etc. Special Interest/Street Rod plate, bring your collector’s number and the registration receipt for all Special Interest and/or Special Interest/Street Rod plates currently issued to the collector.
  • Proof of valid insurance must be present at the time of application.

Fee for Street Rod plate:

  • A one-time $20 fee to defray the cost of issuing the original collector’s Special Interest plate.
  • The registration fee for Special Interest registration is $26 per year, plus property taxes.

Related Kansas Statute(s):

KSA 8-194, 8-195 and 8-196