Salvage theft examinations
Iowa law requires all vehicles designated "salvage" or have a "salvage" title to be physically examined by a "peace officer" who has been certified by the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy to conduct examinations.
The purpose of the salvage theft examination is to physically verify that no stolen parts were used to rebuild a vehicle. The exam is also used to authenticate ownership of the vehicle presented for examination. A typical salvage theft examination takes approximately 45 minutes, but may take several hours if the vehicle identification numbers are not easily accessible or there are problems with the ownership documents.
The physical examination of the vehicle will be performed by a peace officer with a local or county law enforcement agency who has been certified to perform these examinations. If you are requesting a salvage theft examination, you must call one of the agencies listed on the Agencies Conducting Salvage Theft Examinations document to schedule an appointment.
An Affidavit of Salvage Vehicle Repairs must be completed and presented to the examining officer prior to the examination commencing. These forms can be obtained from the examining officer, from this website, the Bureau of Investigation & Identity Protection headquarters, or your county treasurer's office. It will also be necessary to bring with you to the examination site all bills of sale, receipts, and invoices showing ownership to all parts used to rebuild the vehicle. A permit to drive the vehicle to the examination site is included on the affidavit and must be carried in the vehicle and presented to any peace officer if stopped.
The applicant must present to the examining officer an Iowa salvage title in the applicant's name or if the examination is performed within 30 days of the assignment of ownership, a properly assigned title is acceptable.
The fee for the salvage theft examination is $30.
Permit to drive for an inspection
A vehicle needing to be inspected by an Iowa DOT Bureau of Investigation & Identity Protection investigator must be brought to an Iowa DOT inspection facility. All vehicle inspections are conducted by appointment only on specified days and locations throughout Iowa. Unregistered vehicles may be driven or towed to the inspection facility, but the operator must have an Affidavit to Operate a Vehicle for Inspection
completed and carried in the vehicle. To schedule an inspection or to obtain an Affidavit to Operate a Vehicle for Inspection
from other than this website, contact the Iowa DOT's Bureau of Investigation & Identity Protection at 866-908-4636 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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