See, there you go ---- every state in the union is normal except Massachusetts. That would NEVER happen here -- you construct your own vehicle & you'll be lucky to get a title after paying the registry over $500 & waiting 6 months or longer. They'll want the police to inspect it & fill out THEIR form, which you'll wait a month to get ..... then another 2 or more months to get back after the cops fill it out -- IF they approve of what you've built ..... which you can guarantee you'll have to spend at least another grand to get it to their liking. I know a fabricator that built a T-bucket -- took him 2 YEARS to get a stupid title. He ended up doing it illegally!!
No temporary plates in MA either -- when you buy a used car from Joe Shmoe 100 miles away on a Sunday, your supposed to go to your insurance company, give them however many hundreds of dollars UP FRONT for a policy, run down to the registry to stand in line for 2 hours ( none of these are open on Sunday, btw ) & get treated like an *censored* by some miserable douchebag who has connections that got her that cushy job that she hates, Then drive back out to affix plates to said vehicle.
That's why I buy cars AT NIGHT!