DOWNLOAD: Salvage Inspection Information Sheet (form B-256) on how to get your vehicle inspected.
Insurance companies have the authority to declare a vehicle a "total loss", but they are subject to regulation by the State of Connecticut Insurance Department.
If your insurance company has determined that your vehicle is a "total loss" or the word "Salvage" has been stamped on the title, it is illegal to operate this vehicle upon any road in Connecticut. Technically, the registration on this vehicle has been cancelled. You should have removed the plates from your vehicle.
The DMV is aware of the status of the vehicle, since your insurance company has sent us a copy of the title stamped "Salvage".
The registration and plates on the salvaged vehicle can be transferred to another vehicle.
If you rebuild the salvaged vehicle (parts only; salvages cannot be rebuilt), you must re-title the vehicle. The vehicle cannot, however, be re-titled until it passes a Salvage Inspection.
Salvage Inspection Locations
Salvaged vehicles will be inspected in the following two offices only:
1) Wethersfield: Monday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
2) Hamden: Tuesday through Friday - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Salvage/composite vehicles must be in line by 3:00 p. m.
What it will cost:
In addition to the salvage inspection at DMV, the vehicle will also require a new emissions test performed at an official emissions testing station . Some vehicles may be exempt from emissions testing, please refer to the listing of exempt vehicles.
NOTE: A New York State salvage certificate (form MV907A) is not acceptable by the Connecticut DMV.
A private individual cannot drive or tow the salvaged vehicle to the DMV office. Vehicles may only be brought in on a flat-bed trailer or car carrier (i.e., no wheel of the vehicle may touch the ground).
The vehicle can be driven/towed by a bona fide Dealer/Repairer employee with Dealer/Repair Plates only when the dealer is the owner of the vehicle. But if it fails inspection it must be transported away on a flatbed trailer.
Once the vehicle passes the salvage inspection, you can re-register the vehicle with the old plates or obtain new plates. You will be issued a new title (without the "Salvage" stamp on it) with the words "Rebuilt" printed on it. Once the salvage inspection is performed, the inspection slip does not expire.
The owner of a vehicle that has been declared "Salvage" cannot transfer ownership on an Application for Duplicate Title (form H6B). The owner must first obtain a duplicate title from the Title Section which will bear the legend "Salvage". The owner may then assign the reverse side of the duplicate title to the purchaser.
If the title is branded "Salvage Parts Only" or "Salvage Unrebuildable" or "Salvage Unrepairable", the vehicle cannot be registered or re-titled under any circumstances.
Please see Salvage Inspection Information Sheet (form B-256) for additional information.
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