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Rebuilt Vehicle Examinations

Examination Requirement

Rebuilt salvage vehicles must be examined before a certificate of title is issued. For your convenience, ensure all repairs are completed prior to the scheduled examination.

EXCEPTION FOR DEALERS: A rebuilt vehicle examination is not required if all three of the following conditions are met:

  • The person rebuilding the vehicle has been licensed under chapter (§46.2-1605) for at least 10 years and has not had any penalties pursuant to the provisions of this chapter
  • The rebuilt vehicle is at least 10 years old but does not qualify as an antique motor vehicle
  • The resale value of the rebuilt vehicle is less than $10,000

For more information and requirements, refer to the Salvage Certificate Application (VSA 56).

Scheduling a Rebuilt Vehicle Examination

To schedule a rebuilt vehicle examination, submit the following documents and fees:

  • The original Virginia salvage certificate in your name
  • An original Request for Examination of Rebuilt Salvage Vehicle (LES 022A)
  • The $125.00 examination fee
  • The $15.00 substitute title fee

Mail the documents and fees listed above to:

  • Department of Motor Vehicles
  • Vehicle Branding Work Center
  • P.O. Box 27412
  • Richmond, Virginia 23269-0001

A DMV Special Agent will contact you to schedule an appointment to examine your rebuilt salvage vehicle.

Bring the following items to the rebuilt vehicle examination:

  • Proof that the vehicle has passed a Virginia state inspection
  • A photocopy of the Request for Examination of Rebuilt Salvage Vehicle (LES 022A)
  • Receipts for any original parts
  • A photograph of the vehicle prior to the repairs
  • Old component parts displaying the VIN (if applicable)

Once the salvage vehicle has passed the examination, the DMV Special Agent will notify the Vehicle Branding Work Center to release and mail the certificate of title with the appropriate brand.

If you plan to apply for a vehicle registration, please allow 48 hours from the receipt of your certificate of title for the vehicle record to be updated before visiting a DMV customer service center or DMV Select office.

Branding of the Certificate of Title

Salvage vehicles with an estimated cost of repair of 75 percent or less of actual cash value will receive a certificate of title branded as "REPAIRED" prior to July 1, 2015.

Effective July 1, 2017, any salvage vehicle that has been repaired for use on the public highways or any late model vehicle that has been repaired and the estimated cost of repair exceeded 75 percent of its actual cash value, will receive a certificate of title branded as “REBUILT”. The "REPAIRED" or "REBUILT" brand is permanent and will be carried forward to each title issued for the life of the vehicle.

Selling a Rebuilt Vehicle

In the future, if you choose to sell the vehicle, you must provide the new purchaser with your certificate of title signed over to the purchaser and a "Rebuilt Vehicle Disclosure Statement" (VSA 59).

Additional Information

Declaring a Vehicle Salvage
Declaring a Vehicle Nonrepairable
Salvage General Licensing Information
Virginia Salvage Code Sections
Filing a Salvage Dealer Complaint