Dismantler’s Handbook of Registration Procedures

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Section 6 of 11

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6.050 Nonrepairable Vehicles

Definition: A vehicle that has no resale value except as a source of scrap metal due to being surgically stripped, completely burned, or owner declaration, and the department has issued a Nonrepairable Vehicle Certificate (REG 490).

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 Nonrepairable Vehicle Certificate (REG 490).
  • If the vehicle was purchased from someone other than the registered owner, as shown on the Nonrepairable Vehicle Certificate, bill(s) of sale to complete the chain of ownership showing the dismantler as the latest owner.