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Salvaged Vehicles in Oregon

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When a vehicle titled with the Oregon Driver and Motor Vehicle Services Division (DMV) is declared totaled, the owner has 30 days to apply for a salvage or reconstructed title.

If an out-of-state vehicle has been totaled, but not rebuilt, the owner may apply for a salvage title in Oregon. For an out-of-state vehicle that is rebuilt, the owner may apply for a branded title that indicates there was damage previously. For an out-of-state vehicle termed "junked" on the title, the Oregon DMV will not provide a new title.

The Oregon DMV provides a description of different types of damaged vehicles and how they are dealt with, online.

To obtain a salvage or reconstructed title in Oregon, do the following:

  • Complete the Application for Salvage Title (Form 735-229)
  • If applicable, include an odometer reading on the application
  • Provide the title or primary ownership document to DMV
  • Provide a release of interest from the previous owner, which can include:
    • A bill of sale
    • Signature on the back of the title
    • A lien release
  • Provide payment for the salvage transaction fee, $27

The above may be mailed to the Oregon DMV at:

  • DMV Headquarters
  • Salvage Titles
  • 1905 Lana Ave NE
  • Salem, OR 97314

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