Vehicle Title Information

Title Information

Each state has various rules regarding vehicle titles. Make sure you understand the issues related to a given type of title within your state prior to purchasing a vehicle with anything other than a clean title.

Vehicle title is determined from the legal status of the title, obtained from either a statement by the seller or from the actual title document. NOTE: Vehicle history records may exist in 3rd party databases (CarFax, etc.) or other external sources, which HAVE NOT altered the legal status of the vehicle title!

Clean Title

A clean title, or clear title, is assigned to a vehicle with no previous Salvage notations. Please note that some clean or clear titles may have a salvage history. To check the history of your vehicle please visit carfax.com

Theft Title

This is a variation of a clean title for a vehicle which was stolen but recovered. Usually these types of titles will have some type of "theft" brand on the title.

Rebuildable Salvage

A rebuildable, or repairable, salvage title is assigned to a vehicle that has been salvaged but can be repaired. The vehicle may be retitled and resold but will carry this notation. Many states have sub- classes of salvage such as: Fire, Vandalism, Collision, Theft or Flood.

New York 907A

A New York 907A is an ownership form assigned by an insurance company to a vehicle that has been declared a total loss from Fire, Vandalism, Collision, Theft or Flood in New York State. Most other states including Pennsylvania will not accept a New York 907A as proof of ownership. Upon purchasing a vehicle with a NY 907A you must first make an appointment for a Salvage Vehicle Inspection in New York, instructions can be found here: http://www.dmv.ny.gov/salvage.htm and http://www.dmv.ny.gov/salvexam.htm. After you have passed the New York Salvage Vehicle Inspection you will be mailed a New York Salvage Certificate which you can take to your state to complete the reconstructed title process.

Damaged Title / Rebuilt Title

A general term for a rebuildable vehicle with salvage history.

Salvage Receipt

A term used by some states, such as Texas, to denote a salvage title.

Unrebuildable / Junk Title

This term denotes an unrebuildable vehicle. Vehicles possessing a Bill of Sale can be exported but the purchaser should determine their countries or states laws and how they handle these types of documents.

Bill of Sale

An Unrebuildable Salvage title is assigned to a vehicle that has been declared a total loss resulting from Fire, Vandalism, Collision, Theft, Flood or other occurrence that CANNOT be repaired. Due to excessive damage it is saleable only as parts. The vehicle can never be re-titled or re-registered. These vehicles are often listed as "EXPORT ONLY"

Scrap Title

A variation of the unrebuildable salvage / junk title. The vehicle is useful only as parts or raw materials but some states and countries will accept these documents as proof of ownership. It is up to the individual to determine if they can use these types of documents.

Certificate of Destruction

A variation of the unrebuildable salvage / junk title. The vehicle is useful only as parts or raw materials, again the individual must determine if these types of documents are acceptable in their final destination or country.

YOU MUST CHECK WITH YOUR LOCAL DEPARTMENT OF MOTOR VEHICLES FOR INFORMATION REGARDING THE RE-TITLING PROCESS FOR SALVAGE VEHICLES/REBUILT TITLES.THE PROCESS FOR SALVAGE TITLE VEHICLE EXAMINATION VARIES FROM STATE TO STATE AND COUNTRY TO COUNTRY. ALPINE AUTO GALLERY ASSUMES NO RESPONSIBILTY FOR THE ACCURACY OF THE INFORMATION PROVIDED ON ITS WEBSITE ,BUT IS THE SOLE RESPONSIBILTY OF THE PURCHASER AND OR HIS AGENT TO VERIFY STATE AND COUNTRY SPECIFIC LAWS..

Vehicle Title procedures in USA state-by-state

Alabama

https://revenue.alabama.gov/motor-vehicle/faq/rebuilt-salvage-vehicles/

Alaska

http://state.ak.us/dmv/titles/rechbt.htm

Arkansas

http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/motorVehicle/Pages/default.aspx
(Affidavit of Reconstruction for a Salvage Motor Vehicle) http://www.dfa.arkansas.gov/offices/motorVehicle/Pages/Forms.aspx

Arizona

https://www.azdot.gov/mvd/faq/vehicle-services/vehicle-inspections-and-salvage-vehicles
(Title Application) https://www.azdot.gov/docs/default-source/mvd-forms-pubs/96-0236.pdf
(Inspections) https://www.azdot.gov/mvd/vehicleservices/VehicleInspections/inspection-locations-(level-ii-iii)

California

https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/?1dmy&urile=wcm:path:/dmv_content_en/dmv/pubs/brochures/howto/htvr13
https://www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/?1dmy&urile=wcm:path:/dmv_content_en/dmv/vr/checklists/reregister_salvage

Colorado

https://www.colorado.gov/pacific/dmv/salvage-vehicles

Connecticut

http://www.ct.gov/dmv/cwp/view.asp?a=804&Q=244912&dmvPNavCtr="#30238

Delaware

http://www.dmv.de.gov/services/vehicle_services/titles/ve_title_salvage.shtml

Florida

http://casey.hsmv.state.fl.us/Intranet/dmv/Manuals/DMVProcedures/Pmanintro.cfm
http://www3.hsmv.state.fl.us/Intranet/dmv/Manuals/DMVProcedures/BTR/tl/TL-37.pdf

Georgia

https://dor.georgia.gov/titles-rebuilt-or-restored-vehicles

Idaho

http://itd.idaho.gov/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/SalvageFactSheet.pdf

Illinois

http://www.idot.illinois.gov/assets/uploads/files/transportation-system/specialty-lists/safety/lanesforinternet.pdf
https://www.cyberdriveillinois.com/publications/pdf_publications/sos_dop102.pdf

Indiana

http://www.in.gov/bmv/files/Salvage_Restoration_Packet.pdf

Iowa

http://www.ksrevenue.org/faqs-dmvtandr.htm

Kansas

http://www.kansashighwaypatrol.org/160/Motor-Vehicle-Enforcement-MVE
http://www.kansashighwaypatrol.org/160/Motor-Vehicle-Enforcement-MVE

Kentucky

http://www.dmv.org/ky-kentucky/salvaged-vehicles.php
https://www.kdor.org/county/ctl/trinfo/manuals/ctm/rebuiltsalvagetitle.pdf

Louisiana

http://web01.dps.louisiana.gov/Omv1.nsf/$print/886BB38B2FE4BCB6862564BA007262AD?OpenDocument

Maine

http://www.maine.gov/sos/bmv/titles/titleapp.html

Maryland

http://www.mva.state.md.us/VehicleServ/REG/buyvehicle.htm#3

Massachusetts

http://www.massrmv.com/TitleSalvage/Salvage/SalvageTitle.aspx
http://www.massrmv.com/TitleSalvage/Salvage/SalvageInspections.aspx

Michigan

http://www.michigan.gov/sos/0,1607,7-127-1585_1587_1588-76394--,00.html

Minnesota

http://www.dps.state.mn.us/dvs/MotorVehicle/dvsrecon.html

Missouri

http://www.dor.mo.gov/mvdl/motorv/titleman/toc.pdf

Montana

https://dojmt.gov/driving/vehicle-title-registration-forms/

Nevada

http://www.nevadadmv.state.nv.us/salvage.htm
http://www.dmvnv.com/pdfforms/salvageguide.pdf

New Hampshire

https://www.nh.gov/safety/divisions/dmv/title/salvage.htm

New Jersey

http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/Vehicle/SpecialVehicles.htm
http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/About/OS-4.pdf
http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/About/OS-61.pdf
http://www.state.nj.us/mvc/pdf/About/OS-3.pdf

New Mexico

http://www.mvd.newmexico.gov/vehicle-titles.aspx
http://www.mvd.newmexico.gov/emission-testing.aspx

New York

https://dmv.ny.gov/registration/about-salvage-vehicle-examination

North Carolina

http://www.ncdot.org/dmv/vehicle_services/registrationtitling/vehiclesSalvage.html

North Dakota

http://www.dot.nd.gov/docs/motorvehicle/sfn02872.pdf

Ohio

http://ohioinsurance.org/factbook/2003-04/chapter6/chapter6_i.shtml

Oklahoma

http://www.tax.ok.gov/rules/rule6005.pdf

Oregon

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/DMV/vehicle/damage.shtml

Pennsylvania

http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/mv_forms/mv-426B.pdf
http://www.dmv.state.pa.us/pdotforms/fact_sheets/fs-recon.pdf

Rhode Island

http://www.dmv.ri.gov/titles/salvage.php

South Carolina

http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/forms/4038%20Revised%206-13-03.pdf
http://www.scdmvonline.com/DMVNew/forms/s-2.pdf

South Dakota

http://www.state.sd.us/drr2/Howto/title.htm

Tennessee

http://tennessee.gov/safety/CID.htm

Texas

http://www.dot.state.tx.us/vtr/vtrreginfo.htm

Utah

http://dmv.utah.gov/rebuiltreconstructed.html

Vermont

http://www.aot.state.vt.us/dmv/documents/TA/VT/Tavt017.pdf

Virginia

http://www.dmv.state.va.us/webdoc/citizen/vehicles/salvehlawreq/repaired_rebuilt.asp

Washington

http://www.dol.wa.gov/vehicleregistration/salvaged.html

West Virginia

http://www.wvdot.com/6_motorists/dmv/6g4_applications.htm#Vehicles

Wisconsin

http://www.legis.state.wi.us/rsb/code/trans/trans149.pdf

Wyoming

http://www.dot.state.wy.us/Default.jsp?sCode=vehva

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