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FAQ Categories / Tax: Unclaimed/Abandoned Motor Vehicles

The person or entity in possession of an “unclaimed” or “abandoned” motor vehicle must report the vehicle to the department before a motor vehicle can be sold as an “abandoned” vehicle. To report a vehicle as abandoned or unclaimed, please visit the department’s Unclaimed/Abandoned Vehicle Portal. The reporter is required to follow the instructions that are provided in the Help Section of the Unclaimed/Abandoned Portal.

Unclaimed Motor Vehicles include the following:

  • A motor vehicle left unattended on a public road or highway for more than 48 hours.
  • A motor vehicle not left on private property for repairs that has remained on private or other public property for a period of more than 48 hours without the consent of the owner or lessee of the property.
  • A motor vehicle, left on private property for repairs, that has not been reclaimed within 48 hours from the latter of either the date the repairs were completed or the agreed upon redemption date.
  • A motor vehicle left unattended on a public street, road, or highway or other property for a period of at least 48 hours.
  • A motor vehicle left unattended because the driver has been arrested or is impaired by an accident or for any other reason which causes the need for the vehicle to be immediately removed as determined necessary by law enforcement.

A list of all unclaimed/abandoned motor vehicles is available to the public through the department’s Unclaimed/Abandoned Vehicle Portal, by selecting the View Reported Unclaimed/Abandoned Vehicles button.