Salvage Certificates and Rebuilt Vehicles
How to Obtain a Salvage Certificate
Each month, approximately 6,000 vehicles are deemed a total loss by the owner of the vehicle. If your vehicle has been deemed a total loss (more than 75 percent of the retail value), and it is less 10 years old, you may apply for a salvage certificate or a non-repairable certificate.
To get a certificate, complete the Application for Salvage or Non-Repairable Certificate. Send the completed form and the outstanding certificate of title to:
Tennessee Department of Revenue
Special Investigations Division
44 Vantage Way, Suite 160
Nashville, TN 37243-8050
For more information, call the Anti-Theft Unit at (615) 253-7246.
How to Obtain a Rebuilt Title
Each month, approximately 1,700 salvage type vehicles are rebuilt in Tennessee. Although it is possible to rebuild a salvage vehicle for road use, a passenger motor vehicle for which a salvage title has been issued cannot be registered for use on the roads unless it has been issued a title with the brand of rebuilt vehicle.
The first step in obtaining a rebuilt title is to complete an Application for Motor Vehicle Identification Certification.
A fee of $75.00 is charged for each conversion of a vehicle salvage document to a rebuilt title. Each vehicle that has been approved by the Anti-Theft Unit for a rebuilt title will have a notation in the remarks field of the title stating “Rebuilt Vehicle - Anti theft Inspection Passed.” There will also be a decal affixed to the driver’s door jamb with the same statement.
How to Obtain a New Title for a Wrecked Vehicle
When applying for a title in this situation, you will need to present:
- the salvage certificate
- receipts on parts
- color photographs of the vehicle before and after the work performed
- the Application For Motor Vehicle Identification Certification, completed in its entirety by the rebuilder of the vehicle
- required fees indicated on the form.
Please note that, at the discretion of the Department, an inspection of the vehicle may be required before a certificate of title is issued.