Policy Position on Salvage and Junk Vehicles

AAMVA recommends that member jurisdictions’ junk and salvage vehicle programs and laws conform to the AAMVA Salvage and Junk Vehicle Best Practice, as it exists on the date this policy is adopted and as it may be amended in the future. The best practice was developed in response to identified inconsistencies across jurisdictions in the way vehicles are identified and branded as salvage or junk. These variances may create opportunities for unsafe vehicles to be titled, rebuilt, or repaired in jurisdictions with fewer requirements. Implementing the recommendations included in this best practice will help jurisdictions consistently and uniformly brand vehicles that may pose a safety risk to the motoring public, thus achieving a comprehensive vehicle history and ultimately improving consumer protection and public safety.

[Adopted 2023]