Salvage Inspections

A salvage vehicle is a vehicle that has been classified as a total loss by an insurance company and is now in the process of being repaired by a Rhode Island salvage rebuilder.

Important Message Regarding Consumers and Owner Retained Vehicles After a Total Loss

Salvage Inspection Instructions

To process the Application for Salvage Inspection you must submit the following paperwork:

  • Copies of all receipts for replaced parts and labor (VIN numbers must be listed on all receipts for parts, indicating where parts came from)
  • A certified check or money order for $57.50, made payable to "DMV"
  • A copy of the Salvage Title
  • A Certificate of Salvage Repair
  • Vehicle must be repaired by a Rhode Island licensed salvage rebuilder (no exceptions)
  • Original application completely filled out
  • Photos of the vehicle showing all damages
  • Copy of insurance appraisal
  • Used parts list
  • Please return application to Division of Motor Vehicles, Enforcement Office, 600 New London Avenue, Cranston, RI 02920-3024

At the time of your inspection, you will need to present the following paperwork:

  • Positive Identification required (R.I. license or ID card)
  • Properly assigned salvage title
  • Vehicle must be completely restored
  • All vehicles must bear a new RI State Inspection sticker
  • All original paperwork and photos for the copies that were submitted with the application

Missing Paperwork: If any paperwork requested is NOT presented at this time, a new appointment will be necessary, along with another certified check or money order for $57.50