Frequently Asked Questions

Vehicle Services

Vehicle Inspection and Salvage Vehicles

What are the types of vehicle inspections and fees?

Level I

Basic inspection to match the vehicle identification number (VIN) to the vehicle ownership documents to determine the identity of the vehicle. Required only for certain vehicles. Most vehicles are successfully inspected and verified at this level.

Level I inspections are conducted at MVD and authorized third-party offices, or by designated law enforcement officers. There is no fee for a Level I inspection conducted at an MVD office. Third-party providers may charge a fee.

Level II

Secondary inspection is conducted when unusual circumstances indicate that a secondary VIN should be examined. A Level II inspection is conducted by a specially certified ADOT agent. The fee is $20.

Level III

Highest level inspection is conducted by specially certified ADOT agents for restored salvage vehicles, by appointment only. The fee is $50.

Abandoned Vehicle Inspections

Any law-enforcement officer or authorized third-party provider can provide an inspection on a vehicle abandoned on private property.

Additional fees may apply depending on the circumstances.

Where do I go to get an inspection on my vehicle?

Level I inspections can be done at any MVD or authorized third-party office. Level II/III inspections are conducted at specific vehicle inspection locations.

Any law-enforcement officer or authorized third-party provider can provide an abandoned-vehicle inspection on a vehicle abandoned on private property. Additional fees may apply depending on the circumstances.

What are the fees?

The cost of the inspection depends on the level of detail required.

  • Level II: $20
  • Level III: $50
  • AZ VIN: $5

In some cases where a Level II inspection is conducted, a review at a later date may determine that a Level III inspection is required. You will then be required to pay an additional $30.

Can anyone bring my car for an inspection?

Yes, but only if they have a valid driver license.

What is a salvage vehicle?

A salvage vehicle is a vehicle to be titled and registered that had been stolen, wrecked, destroyed by water or otherwise damaged to the extent that the insurance company considered it to be uneconomical to repair and was therefore issued a certificate of title branded/marked as salvage.

What is a salvage title?

A Salvage Certificate of Title is issued to a vehicle that was stolen, wrecked, destroyed, water damaged or otherwise damaged to the extent that the owner, leasing company, financial institution or insurance company considers it to be uneconomical to repair.

What is a restored salvage vehicle?

Restored salvage is a vehicle that was previously issued a certificate of title branded as salvage, but has now been repaired/restored, then inspected for roadworthiness and issued a title branded as restored salvage.

What is a restored salvage title?

A Restored Salvage Certificate of Title is issued to a vehicle that has been rebuilt or restored to operation.

How do I apply for a restored salvage title?

Complete a title application, make an appointment to have a Level III inspection conducted, obtain an emissions compliance certificate (if applicable), surrender the salvage title with the application and pay a $4.00 title fee – plus registration fees (if applicable).

Why is a Level III inspection needed?

To help reduce auto theft, restored salvage vehicles require the more comprehensive Level III inspection that is conducted by specially certified officers. Level III is necessary to verify all major component parts which include front end assembly, engine, transmission, as well as rear end assembly for trucks and truck-type vehicles.

What does it take to pass an inspection?

All equipment to meet the requirements of the road must be in good condition and in good working order.

What documents are needed for an inspection?

  • Proof of ownership, usually a title
  • Valid driver license
  • Receipts or invoices for all component parts that have been repaired or replaced.

What proof of ownership is required for a salvage vehicle inspection?

In addition to the title, you must show receipts, invoices, bills of sale or other ownership documents for component parts used in the vehicle repair process.

What must a receipt contain?

Each receipt must include these items:

  • Description of the vehicle from which the parts were removed, including vehicle identification number (VIN), year, make and model.
  • Name, address and signature of the company or person who sold the part.
  • Driver license number of the seller (if private party) or the tax identification number (if a company).
  • Title Number for the Certificate of Title.

Can I buy a salvage vehicle?

Yes. Per Arizona Revised Statutes 28-2091-I the seller must tell the buyer that they are purchasing a salvage vehicle. Make sure that when you do buy a salvage vehicle that you get to keep the proof of ownership of replacement component parts used in the repair or restoration.

Should I let the buyer know?

Arizona law requires that any person who sells a vehicle for which a salvage title has been issued, must disclose to the buyer, before the completion of the sale, that it is a salvage vehicle.

Where can I schedule an inspection on a vehicle abandoned on my personal property?

Any law-enforcement officer or authorized third-party provider can provide an inspection on a vehicle abandoned on private property.