Sounds like the SEMA model, which NC adopted a few years ago. Not in the printed story is how DMV writes their rules on how they will inspect and enforce. Here, you must start with a valid title and apply for a NC title. They do a complete search on your title and if there are no discrepancies, a DMV officer will make an appointment with you for a visual inspection of the vehicle before a clean NC title is issued. I have yet had one ask to look at the hidden VIN that has been put on vehicles for many years. If you are building a vehicle from a kit, or from a pile of scraps, a bill of sale must be provided for the major components and you must specify what make an model that the car most resembles. They will assign a VIN number and tell you where to place it after which a DMV official will validate so that a title can be issued. A lot of attention to detail for a builder, but at least you have the guidelines, if followed, will produce a clear cut title. Further, dependent upon which type title you are issued, you may purchase an Antique or Custom tag, which is at a reduced rate because they anticipate the vehicle will not be driven as much as your primary transportation. All in all, a good deal since Titling and Registration of our vehicles are not at the whim and mood of each and every registration and tag official in the state. It also gives us a piece of paper from which we can question "opinions" that are being used as "facts".