Dismantler’s Handbook of Registration Procedures

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Section 6 of 11

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6.040 Salvage Vehicles

Definition: A total loss salvage vehicle for which the department has issued a Salvage Certificate (REG 489) as the titling

Notice of Acquisition (REG 42): Not required

Report of Vehicle To Be Dismantled (REG 42): Required

When can the vehicle be dismantled?

Any time after the Report of Vehicle To Be Dismantled (REG 42), evidence of ownership, and license plates or Dismantler’s Notice of License Plate Destruction (REG 42) are delivered to the department.

Documents required to obtain junk status:

Submit to the department:

  • Report of Vehicle to be Dismantled (REG 42).
  • The California Salvage Certificate (REG 489).
  • If the vehicle was purchased from someone other than the registered owner, as shown on the Salvage Certificate, bill(s) of sale to complete the chain of ownership showing the dismantler as the latest owner.