Salvage Vehicle Inspections

The Maryland Transportation Article 13-507 requires a salvage vehicle be issued a certificate of inspection before a Maryland Certificate of Title can be issued. The Department of State Police, Automotive Safety Enforcement Division, Salvage Inspection Unit conducts the certification inspection on an appointment only basics. The certification inspections are conducted at 8 locations around the state. Appointments are made on the Salvage Inspection Website.

Once a vehicle has been declared “Salvage” in any state, it must undergo a comprehensive salvage inspection prior to the issuance of a title or registration in Maryland.

If your vehicle was involved an insurance claim where it was deemed to be a total loss and you elected to keep the vehicle, you may not need a salvage inspection. If you have received an MVA form VR-310 stating your vehicle needs to pass a safety inspection within 90 days, you do not need a salvage inspection. If your vehicle has already had a salvage inspection in another state, you may not need to have the vehicle inspected again in Maryland. If this is the case, please email msp.salvage@maryland.gov with all details to check on this prior to scheduling an appointment. Remember, the fee is non-refundable.

Before making your appointment, consider the fact that your vehicle must be repaired and in “roadworthy” condition at the time of inspection. To be considered “roadworthy” it must operable under its own power and contain all major components. You must have a salvage certificate in your name or properly endorsed to you.

To schedule an appointment click here and you will be directed to our salvage appointment scheduling service.

First time users will be directed to register and create an account prior to the scheduling of an appointment. The account information needed will include:

  • Name of person or business
  • Complete address
  • Contact telephone
  • E-Mail address
  • Drivers license and State
  • Evening telephone
  • Login name and password
  • Birth date
  • Gender

Once registered, you will receive an e-mail thanking you for registering and advising you that the web site is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You will be advised to contact us at msp.salvage@maryland.gov with any questions.

You will then have the option of making an appointment or logging out. If you choose to schedule an appointment you will be sent to the appointment page. You will first choose one of the eight appointment inspection sites by selecting the site in the “Appointment Locator” drop down menu. Once a site has been selected, two calendars will reveal the days when appointments are available. You will then select the month and day you wish to create the inspection appointment. Once selected, you will choose an available time for their appointment. You will then be prompted to enter the following vehicle related information.

  • Year
  • Make
  • Model
  • Certificate Number and State
  • VIN
  • Dealer Name
  • Dealer Address
  • Odometer Reading
  • Salvage Reason

After the required information is entered you will see the following disclaimer:

Payment of the $25.00 salvage inspection fee can only be made through the use of a major credit card. MAKE SURE YOU TYPE YOUR CREDIT CARD NUMBER CORRECTLY AND ENTER THE CORRECT 3 DIGIT SECURITY CODE FROM THE BACK OF THE CREDIT CARD. The $25.00 payment is NON-REFUNDABLE. Please ensure that you are able to keep the appointment date and time selected. If you are unsure of the necessity for a salvage inspection, please e-mail to ascertain the need of a salvage inspection.

You will then be prompted to continue to a secure credit card entry page where you enter your valid credit card information. Once the credit card transaction is approved a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with the date, time, location and inspectors name for the salvage inspection appointment. If you do not receive the confirmation e-mail please contact us at msp.salvage@maryland.gov

This confirmation e-mail must be brought with you and presented at the time of inspection.

The salvage inspection will be conducted by a certified Maryland State Police (MSP) Salvage Inspector. The inspection is intended to ensure that the vehicle and/or its parts have not been stolen or its serial numbers illegally altered or removed. If the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) plate has been removed from the dashboard or is damaged, the vehicle must be inspected by a member of the MSP Auto Theft Unit. The vehicle must be scheduled for a salvage inspection at the Glen Burnie inspection site only on any Tuesday between 8:30 am - 12:30 pm.

Be sure to take to the following with you to the inspection site:

  • Your personal identification (e.g., Maryland driver’s license);
  • Vehicle’s certificate of salvage (MVA form #VR-108 or document issued by another state except New York 907a);
  • The vehicle to be inspected;
  • If presenting vehicle for a dealership, credentials as an agent of the dealer;
  • If the presenter is not the owner, a letter from the owner must accompany the presenter at the time of inspection. The owner must give the presenter authorization to act on their behalf. The letter must include the date, presenter"s name, year, make, model and VIN. The letter must also include the owners signature and a contact telephone number.
  • The appointment confirmation sheet;
  • Other proof of ownership (bill of sale, dealer reassignment, etc);
  • Receipts may also be required for any parts used to repair the vehicle as determined by the inspector.

Once the inspection is completed and your vehicle passes the inspection, the inspector will sign and then emboss your salvage certificate to indicate approval.

After the vehicle passes the salvaged vehicle inspection, you can apply to the MVA to title the vehicle and obtain a thirty (30) day temporary registration that will permit you to drive the vehicle to an authorized inspection station for a state safety inspection. If it passes the safety inspection you will be able to register the vehicle. For information about safety inspections, see Vehicle Safety Inspection. For information about how to title and register your vehicle, check the infoMVA homepage for the applicable process descriptions.

Inspection Information

Effective January 1, 2017:

Salvage inspections will no longer take place at the MSP Salisbury Barrack. After January 1, 2017, salvage inspections will occur on the MVA Salisbury Branch parking lot located at: 

254 Tilghman Road, Salisbury, MD 21804


 NEW FREDERICK SALVAGE LOCATION  

  Effective November 21, 2016: 

Salvage inspections will be conducted again in Frederick.  These inspections will occur on the MVA Frederick Branch CDL testing parking lot. The address is: 

1601 Bowmans Farm Road, Frederick, MD 21701

Salvage Inspectors

                 AS III McTamany                      Beltsville / Perryville / Glen Burnie    raymond.mctamany@maryland.gov

                   AS III Wright                      Perryville / Glen Burnie / Golden Ring   timothyw.wright@maryland.gov

AS III Burns
Frederick / Beltsville / Glen Burnie
henry.burns@maryland.gov

AS III McCamley
LaPlata / Beltsville
david.mccamley​​​​​​@maryland.gov

Admin I Lanzetta
Finzel
john.lanzetta@maryland.gov

Sgt. Stoltzfus
Salisbury / Beltsville
james.stoltzfus@maryland.gov


Reconstructed, kit and homemade vehicle questions should be directed to:

Admin I John Lanzetta at    john.lanzetta@maryland.gov​

Salvage related issues and questions should be directed to: 

Admin I William Hollandsworth at   msp.salvage@maryland.gov​


Maryland State Police

Automotive Safety Enforcement Division (ASED)
​6601 Ritchie Highway, NE
Glen Burnie, MD 21062