Vehicle Industry Registration Procedures Manual

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Chapter 19: Salvage – Nonrepairable – Junk Vehicles

19.045 Notice of Retention by Owner—Salvage Vehicle (VC §11515)

When the owner of a salvage vehicle retains ownership of the vehicle, the insurance company must notify the:

  • DMV of the retention by submitting a Salvage Vehicle Notice of Retention by Owner (REG 481) form.
  • Vehicle owner of their responsibility to apply for a salvage certificate within 10 days from the settlement of the total loss.