Salvage inspections

Once a Salvage Vehicle has been repaired, and before it can be registered, it must be inspected. Salvage Inspections protect customers because they combat fraud and prevent the sale of stolen parts.

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Once a vehicle has been repaired, and before it can be registered, the vehicle must be inspected. Salvage inspections protect customers because they combat fraud and prevent the sale of stolen parts. Massachusetts General Laws Chapter 90D Section 20D governs the salvage inspection process.

At the salvage inspection, the inspector checks the vehicle's identification number, the appraisal report, and Bills of Sale for all major component parts that were replaced. The salvage inspection is not a safety inspection.

If the safety inspection sticker was removed from a vehicle's windshield at the time of the damage appraisal and replaced with a rejection sticker, you may submit the vehicle to any official inspection station for a valid safety inspection sticker any time after the vehicle has passed the salvage inspection and the vehicle has been properly registered. Note that the rejection sticker is valid for 20 calendar days from the date of inspection.

Salvage inspections sites are located throughout the Commonwealth. All inspections are conducted on a first come, first serve, and walk-in basis.

Salvage inspections are done by the Massachusetts State Police. You may contact the Massachusetts State Police Salvage Unit at 857-368-8443 for information about whether or not a vehicle may be driven to the inspection site or must be carried on a trailer.

Prior to the salvage inspection

You will need to go to an RMV Service Center prior to the salvage inspection and bring:

What to bring to a salvage inspection

At the time of a salvage inspection, you must present all of the following documentation:

1. A completed, signed Application for Inspection of a Salvaged Motor Vehicle


2. The current Salvage Title


3. The Insurance Appraisal Report, issued by the insurance company that declared the vehicle to be a Total Loss Salvage vehicle.

Bills of Sale (receipt or invoice) proving the purchase of all major component parts used to restore the vehicle. The Bills of Sale must contain the following information:

  • Name and address of buyer
  • Name and address of seller
  • Date of purchase
  • Purchase price
  • Identification information:

a. New part: description of the new part

b. Used part: part number; description; and, VIN, make, model, and year of the vehicle from which the part was removed (a Certificate of Title of the vehicle which the part came from shall be accepted as proof of ownership). Customer must present Bills of Sale (receipt or invoice) as proof of ownership for each major component part used in the reconstruction, rebuilding or repair of the motor vehicle, including the following parts: engine, transmission or trans-axle, front bumper, rear bumper, each fender, hood or engine cover, each door, each quarter panel, deck-lid, tailgate or hatchback, dash, frame, air bags, assembled items such as a nose (fender hood bumper radiator support), front clip (cowl frame section, shock and apron structure), rear clip (rear sheet metal, frame section, roof), short clip (rear clip without roof), and interior, including seats & dash

4. If an airbag has been replaced with a used airbag, a copy of the Certificate of Title for the vehicle that the airbag came from must be provided, regardless of whether the airbag was purchased in Massachusetts or out-of-state.

A "used airbag" is an airbag that has been removed from one vehicle and reinstalled in a salvage vehicle being rebuilt.

5. On all 1987 and newer model year vehicles, the manufacturer's label as required by the federal motor vehicle theft standard must be attached to the major parts of new car models designated as high theft vehicles and to replacement parts for these models.

If federally mandated anti-theft labels are covered with paint, the Inspector will reject the vehicle, and the paint will either have to be removed or the part(s) must be replaced.

6. The receipt confirming payment of the Salvage Inspection fee. This fee should have been paid at an RMV Service Center prior to the inspection.

Salvage inspection process

The salvage inspector will perform a partial inspection of all vehicles that are submitted for a salvage inspection. In addition, the RMV has created a procedure for the random selection of some salvage vehicles for full inspection. This procedure is documented in regulation at 540 CMR 12.00.

The inspector will inspect the Vehicle Identification Number and odometer reading of every vehicle presented as part of an application for a salvage inspection. The inspector may check secondary sources on the vehicle to confirm the Vehicle Identification Number and examine the exterior of the vehicle to verify that it conforms to the year, make, model, and color of the motor vehicle identified in the application and supporting documents.

Using the random selection process, the inspector will select a certain number of vehicles to undergo a full inspection of the major component parts which have been repaired or replaced as part of the rebuilding process. The inspection will verify that:

  • The vehicle's parts have not been removed, falsified, altered, defaced, destroyed, or tampered with

  • The vehicle information contained in the application and supporting documents is true and correct

In addition to the vehicles randomly selected for a partial inspection, any vehicle that does not possess a Vehicle Identification Number will be required to undergo a full inspection. If you remove a vehicle from the inspection facility after being informed that the vehicle has been selected for a full inspection, but prior to such inspection, an Inspector may withhold the your original documents and forward such documents to the Registrar. The Registrar may refuse to issue a Title for such vehicle.

If you request that the original documents specified in this section be returned, you must provide photocopies of the documents. The salvage inspector will retain the photocopies and stamp all of the original documents "Submitted for Salvage Inspection" to deter the re-use of original bills of sale or receipts.

After the vehicle has passed the salvage inspection, you may apply for a Reconstructed or Recovered Theft Title, whichever is applicable.

If a salvage inspection is failed, the salvage inspector will provide you guidance on next steps.

Inspection locations

There are several walk-in inspection sites located throughout the Commonwealth. Inspection hours are from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the daysindicated.

*Please Note: Due to State Police staffing constraints, sites may not be open on some posted dates and times. Before visiting any of these sites, please call 857-368-8445 to verify that a site is open on that day.

Massachusetts Highway Department
Route 24, Exit 15 at Route 104
1580 Pleasant St.
Inspection days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Massachusetts Highway Department
Route 495, Exit 50
Route 97, Broadway
Inspection days: Monday, Wednesday, Friday

Massachusetts Highway Department
Route 20 at Route 9
Inspection days: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday

Massachusetts Highway Department
735 Washington Avenue
West of Intersection of Route 60 and Route 1 at Malden line near Linden Square
Inspection days: Tuesday and Thursday

Massachusetts Highway Department
Route 20
93 East Main St.
Inspection days: Monday thru Friday




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