How to Apply for a Salvage Title on a Motorcycle

by Sabah Karimi

If your motorcycle has been severely damaged in an accident, you will need to obtain a salvage title before it can be destroyed. If the cost of rebuilding the vehicle is 80 percent or more of the cost to replace the vehicle completely, it can be classified as a salvage. You will need to complete an application for the salvage title and pay fees at your local county tax collector's office.

Step 1

Obtain the application for salvage title. You can either pick up this document from your local Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) office, or download it from your state DMV's website. It is a two-page document that also contains instructions for filling out each field.

Step 2

Complete the application for salvage title. You will need to provide personal information, your driver's license number, your motorcycle license number, a description of the motorcycle and list the cost of repairs for the damaged vehicle. You will also need to provide an odometer reading and information about the vehicle identification number (VIN) so the DMV can verify the motorcycle is yours.

Step 3

Contact your local DMV office for a title fee schedule. Fees for the salvage title vary by state, so you will need to call ahead or review the fee schedule on the DMV website to find out what fees you are responsible for.

Step 4

Submit your title application. Make an appointment with your local tax collector's office or wait in line to submit your title application. You will need to bring your original state-issued title, the manufacturer's certificate of origin (MCO) or an out-of-state title.

Step 5

Pay applicable fees. Fees for the salvage title vary by state, and you will need to pay in full with cash or by check. The tax collector's office will mail you the salvage title for the motorcycle once everything has been processed.

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