Dismantler’s Handbook of Registration Procedures

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Section 5 of 11

Lien Sales and Abandoned Vehicles

5.120 Reregistration of Vehicles Removed by a Local Abatement Procedure (VC §§22661 [f], 22711)

A vehicle removed under the abatement procedure may not be reconstructed or made operable unless it qualifies for Horseless Carriage or Historical Vehicle license plates (VC §5004).

EXCEPTION: If a local ordinance has an abatement program under VC §22710 (Service Authority for Abatement of Abandoned Vehicles) and all reporting requirements have been met, local authorities may give abandoned vehicles to a correctional institution. The institution must have a program under the consent of the Director of Corrections for their inmates to restore and rebuild donated salvageable and abandoned vehicles.