Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Chapter 18: Lien Sales – Abandoned – Abated Vehicles

18.020 Declaration of Opposition

If DMV receives a Notice of Pending Lien Sale for Vehicle Valued $4000 or Less (REG 668) or Notice of Pending Lien Sale for Vessels or Vessel/Trailers Valued at $1500 or Less (Boat 156) (PDF) with the Declaration of Opposition section completed, a notification is sent to the lienholder within 16 days informing them that the lien sale is denied and cannot be conducted unless the:

  • Declarant signs the Release of Interest section on the bottom of the denial letter.
  • Lienholder files an action in court within 30 days of the date DMV’s notice was mailed and a judgment is awarded to the lienholder that is not paid within five days of becoming final.
  • Declarant could not be served pursuant to CCC §§3071(e) or 3072(e), and the lienholder submits an Application for Authorization to Continue Lien Sale After Unsuccessful Service (REG 659) form with the unopened letter that contains the court documents or the documents proving unsuccessful personal service.

When one of the items listed above is received by the Lien Sale Unit at DMV headquarters, DMV will send authorization to continue with the sale to the lienholder and notify the person who opposed the sale of the authorization.